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Central Catholic holds off Everett 68-65 to reach D1 North finals

Ghared Boyce, defended by Kevin Constant, has a possible game-tying shot in the air as the buzzer sounds.

Bret Edwards found two openings to the basket late in the game.

(North Andover MA) Ghared Boyce put up his second 3-pointer in the final thirty seconds but this one didn’t go and #3 Central Catholic had a gutsy 68-65 win over #2 Everett on Wednesday night.

The victory sends Central (20-5) to the Division 1 North finals on Saturday against Cambridge at North Andover High School (6PM).  The Raiders lost, 70-61, to Cambridge in February.

Tonight’s game was exciting and enthusiastically watched.  Fifteen lead changes will do that to you!

Bret Edwards turned out to be the hero for Central because he cashed two layups in the last 1:18 of the contest.

Bret’s first layup was answered by a second-chance triple by Ghared Boyce that put the Tide (19-3) within one (66-65).  Bret’s second layup, with eleven seconds left, gave the Raiders a 3-point cushion. When Ghared’s last-second, triple try went wide the team from Lawrence had win #20 and at least one more game to play.

Theo Zidor gets the bad news (5 fouls) with three minutes left.

The reigning Super Bowl champs played much of the second half without 6’6” inside player Theo Zidor because of foul trouble.

Junior Ghared Boyce led all scorers with twenty-one points.  Ghared already has 1000 points.  The 6’ guard had a quiet first half (five points) but was the go-to guy for Everett down the stretch.

Colin Bradanese paced Central with twenty points.  Teammate Dom Keegan drained five triples for fifteen points.  CC had eight from long range.

Jordan McAfee carried Everett in the first half with seventeen points.

Sam Lara had a quiet six points for CC after netting twenty-five in the quarter-finals against Andover.

The Raiders won despite missing nine free throws (14/23).

Everett has now last five straight years in the D1 North semi-finals.

Everett box

Central Catholic box

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Bret Edwards afterwards

Kevin Constant (#11) soars toward the hoop

Colin Bradanese (20 points) gets a layup

Junior Isaiah Likely

Theo Zidor and Sam Lara

Donnell Skeen defended by Bret Edwards

Jordan McAfee, Sam Lara, and Ghared Boyce eye a rebound

Theo Zidor (10 points) gets two

Ghared Boyce (21 points) sees double coverage.

 

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Everett takes D1 Super Bowl 21-7 over Xaverian

Everett players celebrate with the D1 Super Bowl trophy

Everett players celebrate with the D1 Super Bowl trophy

Quarterback Jordan McAfee threw for two touchdowns and set up a third touchdown.

Quarterback Jordan McAfee threw for two touchdowns and set up a third touchdown.

(Lynn MA) Everett won the 2016 Division 1 Super Bowl title, 21-7, over two-time defending champion Xaverian on Saturday afternoon at Manning Field in Lynn.

A packed house saw Everett QB Jordan McAfee throw two touchdown passes and set up the other Crimson Tide score with another pass.  The UConn commit collected 211 yards in the air.

Stung by a 14-0 deficit at halftime, Xaverian had to get away from its running game and play catchup through the air.  A pressuring Everett defense forced Xaverian quarterback Mattison Cronin to scramble numerous times in the second half.

Everett added a third score in the final quarter (3:58) to take a three-touchdown advantage.

The Hawks (10-2) scored late (2:55) on a 43-yard connection from QB Mattison Cronin to Mekhi Henderson.

Xaverian would get the ball back for one last drive but defender Jason Maitre picked off a pass into traffic to seal the deal for the Tide.

Everett grabbed the lead on their first possession.  After Marvens Fedna ran for a first down on fourth down, QB McAfee rolled right and tossed a short pass to Mike Sainristil who did the rest covering 38 yards.  The 8:54 score was followed by a Gabriel DeSouza extra point.

Mike Sainristil (beyond Xaverian 43) scores the first Everett TD

Mike Sainristil (beyond Xaverian 43) scores the first Everett TD

Xaverian then started on their 30, and with runs and scrambles by QB Mattison Cronin reached the Everett 14.  There the drive died as Duane Binns sacked Mattison on 4th down.

Early in the second quarter Everett set themselves up nicely with a 56-yard pass play from Jordan McAfee to David Zorrilla.  To say that David was open is an understatement!  Only the speed of two Hawks defenders prevented a touchdown.

The touchdown prevention didn’t last as running back Marvens Fedna went through a hole up the middle for nine untouched yards to the end zone.  Another kick by DeSouza had Everett ahead, 14-0, with 8:43 left in the second quarter.

Marvens Fedna (9) goes through a huge hole to score untouched.

Marvens Fedna (9) goes through a huge hole to score untouched.

Xaverian had been deep in Everett territory in the first quarter with no points to show for it.  Late in the second quarter they suffered the same fate.  A nice catch by senior Call Flanders had the Hawks at the Everett 13 with over two minutes left.  However, the Tide defense tightened and on a crucial 4th down, defender Carlins Platel prevented Sam Laurent from catching a first-down pass.

So, what might have been a 14-14 tie ended up being a two-touchdown Everett lead at halftime.

The Hawks did very little running in the second half except for Mattison Cronin scrambles.

The Tide used yet another big play to get a third score.  After Jordan McAfee converted a 4th down play with a QB sneak, the Tide went into a very tight formation.  With four minutes left in the game you would assume that clock-eating runs were going to happen.  Not so!  Jordan faked a handoff inside and then floated a pass to the right to a wide-open Theo Zidor.  Theo ran thirty-eight yards to the end zone with 3:58 left in the game.  Another extra point was added.

Theo Zidor (3) crosses the goal-line with Cooper DeVeau (26) in pursuit. Jalen Iles-Smith (87) signals TD

Theo Zidor (3) crosses the goal-line with Cooper DeVeau (26) in pursuit. Jalen Iles-Smith (87) signals TD

Mekhi Henderson scored on a 48-yard pass reception

Mekhi Henderson scored on a 48-yard pass reception

Would have been a good place for Xaverian to mail in the rest of the game but they didn’t.  A little over a minute after the Everett TD the Hawks got six as Mekhi Henderson beat defender Clarens Pierre for a 43-yard strike.

Xaverian had one more chance but a desperation pass into the middle of numerous Tide defenders turned into an interception (Jason Maitre) and this game was decided.

Gerell Boyce recovered a fumble caused by a bad handoff between Mattison Cronin and AJ Ryan in the second quarter.

This was the 11th Super Bowl title for Coach John DiBiaso at Everett.  He won another one at Weston.

The Tide was 5-5 last year and had two early losses this season including a 17-14 one versus Xaverian.

Jordan McAfee finishes his four years at Everett with over 4,000 passing yards.

Jason Maitre had a 99-yard kickoff return for Everett in their first meeting with Xaverian.

Devon Piccinin had five touchdowns and rushed for over 200 yards in the Hawks, 34-29 win over Catholic Memorial in the D1 state semifinals.

Scoring:

Everett – Mike Sainristil 38 pass from Jordan McAfee (Gabriel DeSouza kick)

Everett – Marvens Fedna 9 run (DeSouza kick)

Everett – Theo Zidor 37 pass from McAfee (DeSouza kick)

Xaverian – Mekhi Henderson 43 pass from Mattison Cronin (Brian Fallon kick)

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David Zorrilla (17) off on a huge gain (56 yards) after catching a Jordan McAfee pass in the second quarter.

David Zorrilla (17) off on a huge gain (56 yards) after catching a Jordan McAfee pass in the second quarter.

Brian Abraham (3) waits for Jason Maitre (6)

Brian Abraham (3) waits for Jason Maitre (6)

Marven Fedna leaves the ball in the end zone after going in untouched

Marven Fedna leaves the ball in the end zone after going in untouched

Gerell Boyce (56) deflects a pass

Gerell Boyce (56) deflects a pass

Cal Flanders (94) somehow catches this pass with an Everett defender on his back

Cal Flanders (94) somehow catches this pass with an Everett defender on his back

The ball falls away from intended receiver Samuel Laurent (1) late in the second quarter

The ball falls away from intended receiver Samuel Laurent (1) late in the second quarter

Edward Owuor (89) and Duval Paul (55) converge on scrambling Mattison Cronin

Edward Owuor (89) and Duval Paul (55) converge on scrambling Mattison Cronin

Devon Piccinin (33)

Devon Piccinin (33)

Bad exchange puts the ball on the ground and Gerell Boyce (56) will recover the fumble

Bad exchange puts the ball on the ground and Gerell Boyce (56) will recover the fumble

Ball on the way to a wide-open David Zorrilla

Ball on the way to a wide-open David Zorrilla

Mike Sainristel follows lineman Helber Bringhenti

Mike Sainristel follows lineman Helber Bringhenti

Anthony Norcia

Anthony Norcia

Jason Maitre (6) ends Xaverian's last drive with an interception

Jason Maitre (6) ends Xaverian’s last drive with an interception

Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson with the Hawks trophy

Xaverian coach Charlie Stevenson with the Hawks trophy

 

 

 

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