Top-ranked Everett looked maybe even better than we expected in its 41-14 win over Mansfield Friday night, despite a lot of penalties. Here are some takeaways for each team the day after.
— Even though Everett wide receiver/defensive back Mike Sainristil is a verbal commit to Virginia Tech, Boston College is not giving up on him and still recruiting the spectacular senior. That's exactly what the Eagles should do, because Sainristil is about as elite as it gets. Mansfield coach Mike Redding sung praises for Sainristil after the game, and the hips and fluidity that this athlete plays with are as good as it gets. He has an elevated sense of instincts and football IQ, and his speed is not too shabby, either. It will be hard to flip Sainristil off his pledge to the Hokies, but it's worth the effort to try.
— Even with running back Isaac Seide, Sainristil and wide receiver/defensive back Robbie Riobe in the senior class, Everett has plenty of freshmen, sophomores and juniors coming up that bear watching. Sophomore Samy Lamothe starts in the loaded secondary, while classmate Tyrese Baptiste showed off impressive speed at receiver. Juniors Eli Auguste and Jaden Mahabir are also terrific weapons. Keep an eye on freshman Ismael "Ish" Zamor, who can play both wide receiver and quarterback. At linebacker, junior Trey Sejour laid out some huge hits. And, of course, sophomore Duke Doherty continues to impress. The graduation losses will no doubt be heavy, but the cupboard will not be bare next year for the Crimson Tide.
— For as much attention the Crimson Tide deservedly get for their speed, their line play on both sides of the ball is also tremendous. Seniors like Jalen Iles-Smith, Gilbert Kabamba, Wilson Frederic, and Giovanni Raduazzo are big, strong, physical, and relentless. When Mansfield quarterbacks Damani Scott and Jack Moussette dropped back to throw, the Everett rush was ferocious. We're not sure how many offensive lines in the state can block this front, and how many defensive lines can penetrate it on the other side of the ball.
— There were some bright spots for Mansfield. Running back/linebacker Vinnie Holmes ran for 80 tough yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and it looked like he was in on about every tackle when Everett ran up the middle. Offensive lineman Daenin Walker had some excellent reps against that Crimson Tide wall. Sophomore wide receiver Cincere Gill showed off impressive speed on the outside, as did two-way standout junior Makhi Baskin. And when Moussette, a junior, came on in relief of Scott in the third quarter, the Hornets moved the ball well. Redding said after the game that facing a team of Everett's caliber will help his team down the road against Hockomock League opponents, and that is no doubt true.