CRIMSON TIDE NOTEBOOK

BACK AT HOME — The Crimson Tide will conclude the regular-season with back-to-back games inside the friendly environs of Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. Medford comes to town this Friday, while Malden is in town next Friday night (Oct. 19). Kickoff is 7 p.m. for both games.

Medford is 1-4, with its win coming over Somerville. Two of the Mustangs’ losses have been close ones — 28-20 to Winthrop and 27-21 to Revere.

Malden is undergoing a major rebuilding under first-year head coach Steve Freker. The Golden Tornadoes are 0-5 and haven’t scored more than 8 points in any of their five games. They are coming off a 35-0 shutout loss to Marblehead.

ETC. — The Crimson Tide and BC High have played 17 times dating back to 1910. Everett is now 13-4 vs. the Eagles (12-3 in the regular season) … Everett’s schedule to date certainly raises questions about how beneficial (if it all) it would be for the Tide to become a member of the Northeastern Conference (NEC) in football. Finding non-league games is a chore, and joining the NEC solves that problem. On the other hand, it’s hard to beat non-league games vs. the likes Xaverian, Mansfield, and St. John’s Prep … Through five games, Mike Sainristil has a very clean receiving stat line: 20 catches for 400 yards. Five of his receptions have gone for TDs. On defense, Sainristil has a team-high four interceptions. As a team, EHS has eight picks … Doherty’s rushing statistics aren’t eye-popping, but with each week he seems to be growing more dangerous on designed runs and scrambles. His 17-yard keeper on Friday night helped set up his team’s fourth score of the second quarter … EHS attempted 2-point conversions after all of its touchdowns because kicker Abraham Bettancourth was unavailable. He was 5-for-5 on PATs the previous week vs. Lawrence … Robbie Riobe missed his second consecutive game … Everett’s second-team defense made a tough goal-line stand to keep BC High out of the end zone as time expired. Their effort didn’t go unnoticed by the Crimson Tide sideline … Everett has skillfully handled some sticky situations so far. The Crimson Tide trailed early to a charged-up Mansfield squad in raucous environment before easily putting away the Hornets; they made a clutch fourth-quarter/fourth-down stop to end a potential game-winning drive by St. John’s Prep; and they made quick work of Friday’s 10-0 deficit to BC High.

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