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Thanksgiving Showdown

Thanksgiving ShowdownOnThursday, Tufts graduate John DiBiaso will be ‘gobbling’at the chance to take his football team to a fourth straight SuperBowl.Medford/Somerville,Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.24.04] For John DiBiaso, Thanksgiving isn’t about turkeyor stuffing. It’s about winning. And that’s exactlywhat the Tufts graduate and Everett High School football coachplans to do when he leads his undefeated team onto the field toface rival Cambridge for a game that will send the victor to thehigh school Super Bowl.

“Havingwon 33 games and three Super Bowls in a row, the expectation levelhas been raised to a point of near-absurdity in a town that ralliesaround its high school football like no other,” reportedThe Boston Globe.

While Cambridgetechnically has home field advantage for the game, DiBiaso shouldfeel right at home since the contest will be played at Tufts’Ellis Oval/Zimman Field.

“The4,500-seat venue is expected to sell out, and spectators are advisedto show up early,” reported the Cambridge Chronicle.DiBiaso expects a huge contingent of Everett fans to pack thestands.

“Justlike Red Sox Nation, we have Everett Nation,” DiBiaso –who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Tufts –told the Globe. “We do have that similar type offollowing with all the people spread out all over the country.”

This year’smatch-up – which pits the Greater Boston League’stwo top ranked teams – has all the makings of a great game.And with a trip to the high school Super Bowl on the line, thepressure will be on.

But DiBiaso,widely known to his players and fans as “Coach Dib,”has compiled an impressive 120-14-0 record over his 13 seasonsin Everett, including nine GBL Championships in a row and a current33-game win streak dating back to 2001.

The team’slast loss – ironically – was against Cambridge. Sincethen, DiBiaso has led Everett to three straight Super Bowl Championshipsand has hopes for a fourth. Anything less would be unacceptableto the Everett diehards.

“Thistown carries added pressure because the community is so involved,”DiBiaso told the Globe.

Dedicatedfans pack the team’s games and have even created a websitedocumenting the team’s history.

“Wehave a deep, long tradition in Everett,” DiBiaso told theGlobe. “People know the names of football playersfrom a generation ago. It is something special.”

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