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.
BC HIGH THIS WEEK — Up next for Everett is a Friday-night trip down the Southeast Expressway to BC High, where the Tide will play on the road for the fourth time in five games. The Eagles handed Brockton its first loss of the season Friday night at Marciano Stadium. With the 21-13 victory, BC evened its record at 2-2. The Eagles have struggled at times on offense, scoring just seven points in a loss to Mans eld and getting shutout by Tewksbury on Sept. 21.
If you’re growing tired of road games, rest easy. EHS is home on Oct. 12 (Medford) and Oct. 19 (Malden). The Crimson Tide are also in position to play as many as three consecutive home playoff games the weekends of Oct. 29, Nov. 2 and Nov. 9.
A’S ON D — Everett’s defense, more than solid enough to begin with, had its best game of the year. The Tide did a good job in containing Aise Pream, who finished with 70 yards on 17 carries.
The elusive, 5-foot, 7-inch senior was at his best in the third quarter, when he picked up 39 yards on seven carries. But, overall, he wasn’t nearly as productive as he was the week previous in the Prep’s easy win over Central Catholic.
The Tide also continue to punish teams that try to throw the ball all over the place. For the third week in a row, the opposing QB completed less than 50 percent of his throws vs. Everett’s fantastic secondary. Crowley threw it up 32 times, connecting on only 12 of them.
Conversely, St. John’s defense is much improved from last year. The Crimson Tide scored more than 80 points in its two wins over the Eagles in 2017, and they did so with ease. It was a different story Saturday, as the Prep defense intercepted three passes, due in part to a strong pass rush.
How often does the departure of one man require three others to take his place? Chances are not too often. But that’s exactly what Everett High’s needed to do.
A brief scan across the Everett High School sports landscape will reveal a lot of change has taken place on the administrative side of things. A clear result of the departure of local legend John DiBiaso, who spent over two and a half decades with the school.
The wildly successful tenure of DiBiaso spanned across the EHS sports scene.
He was both the head coach of varsity football and basketball, while also guiding the school as athletic director. During his time at the helm, EHS football picked up over a dozen state championships and the basketball team became a fixture in the playoff bracket.
It will take a lot of sustained greatness to reach the heights DiBiaso took EHS sports, and going forward it will take a few others to help keep it going.
Everett High School boys basketball coach John DiBiaso won his 500th game Thursday night, as the Crimson Tide dispatched Chelmsford, 66-46, in the opening round of the MIAA Div. 1 State Tournament. EHS will be back in action on Saturday, March 3 when it hosts Waltham in the Div. 1 North quarterfinals. Tipoff is at 2 p.m. in the EHS Gymnasium.
Everett, the No. 1 seed in Div. 1 North, improved to 20-1 with the win over Chelmsford. The winner of Saturday’s Everett-Waltham quarterfinal will play either Lowell or Lynn English in the sectional semifinals.