EVERETT, Mass. -- Matt Costello and Jonathan DiBiaso were clicking in stride once again, and their Everett Crimson Tide cruised to an easy 45-0 win over Malden to wrap up an unprecedented 16th straight Greater Boston League title.
Just another routine day? Not quite. As the players will tell you, Malden week is a whole other beast.
"It's another GBL game, but we always come into the Malden game a little more fired up than the other games," said Costello, who finished the day with eight catches for 195 yards and three scores to surpass 1,500 receiving yards for his career. "The score isn't really indicative of how they (are), compared to other GBL teams. We just come out really hard when we play them. We never want to lose to them ever."
Costello made sure the Golden Tornadoes (4-5, 2-1 GBL) were never in it. He hauled in his first touchdown catch of the day, a four-yarder from DiBiaso (15 of 22, 247 yards, three touchdowns) to make it 17-0 early in the second quarter, before following up later in the quarter with a 66-yard touchdown pass, burning his man in single coverage and streaking down the left sideline.
He saved his best for last, a 26-yard catch in the third quarter that rounded out the scoring. On the eighth play of a 53-yard drive, Costello ran what he runs best -- a fade route -- down the left sideline, bobbled a ball that hit him perfectly in stride over his near shoulder, before finally cradling it in on his back.
The Crimson Tide (9-0, 3-0) are guaranteed yet another playoff berth, even if they lose to Thanksgiving rival Cambridge (2-8, 1-2) by virtue of their head-to-head matchup with Malden. Several milestones were also hit on the day; DiBiaso went over the 2,000-yard mark on the season, Costello went over 1,500 receiving yards for his career, and Boston College-bound Manny Asprilla went over 1,000 receving yards for his career.
With 32 touchdown passes on the season, DiBiaso is assured at least two more games to try and break the state's single-season touchdown passes mark, set in 2001 by Swampscott's Kyle Beatrice with 39.
NO. 1 EVERETT 45, MALDEN 0
M (4-5, 2-1) 0 0 0 0 --- 0
E (9-0, 3-0) 10 28 7 0 --- 45
Gilly DeSouza 26 field goal 5:16
Jonathan DiBiaso 10 run (DeSouza kick) 1:36
Matt Costello 4 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 9:24
Ryan Pietrantonio 0 fumble recovery (DeSouza kick) 8:15
Vondell Langston 28 run (DeSouza kick) 4:45
Costello 66 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 3:06
Costello 26 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 7:12