By Jerry DiStefano -
The Revere High Patriots football team opened up their season on the road against Medford. The Patriots created plenty of scoring opportunities throughout, but self-inflicted turnovers became the difference in Revere losing to Medford, 35-22.
The Patriots found themselves in a 20-6 hole at the end of the first half. It took Revere a long time to get their offense going, but they began to roll in the fourth quarter. The Patriots scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to stay within reach of Medford. Medford added a fourth-quarter touchdown of their own to keep their distance from Revere and stay ahead.
The Patriot offense had four red zone turnovers which became too much to overcome.
“It’s hard to overcome one red zone turnover, forget about four,” Revere Coach Lou Cicatelli said. “We could have easily won this game if we could have held onto the ball better. It’s unfortunate…all the mental mistakes we made in this game, but we will look to learn [from them] and become a better team for it.”
This Patriot team is a very young team filled with mostly sophomores. Cicatelli and the rest of the Revere coaching staff knew there were going to be growing pains throughout this season.
“We do have some veteran leadership to go along with the plethora of youth we have on this team, but the young guys are vital for our success,” Cicatelli said. “This unit wants to get better and is working very hard to do so. I am confident that this group will learn on the fly, and we will be a tough team to beat the rest of the year.”
Revere received a monster performance from senior running back Tommy Portrait. Portrait accumulated 180 rushing yards on just 23 carries for the game. Patriot defensive end Kaleb Silva had a strong performance as well.
Revere will look to bounce back at home against Malden Friday night (September 20) at 7:00 p.m.
“Malden is a very talented team,” Cicatelli said. “Malden is big and strong and we will have out hands full Friday. If we can do a better job securing the ball, then we will have a good chance of beating Malden. I think we will have a much better performance in all areas of the game.”