By Jerry DiStefano -
The Revere Patriots had a case of déjà vu for the second consecutive year. The Patriots started last year with a 5-1 record and finished the season at 5-5, the year before Revere was 5-0 and finished the season once again with a .500 record. Revere will be looking to become the Pittsburg Pirates of the 2013 and sustain their early season success all season long.
“I know we’ve had mid-season hiccups the past couple seasons,” said Revere coach Lou Cicatelli. “Last year we had a bad case of the injury bug, but I am very optimistic this season will not be the same. We have a great mix of experience and youth that I feel is the perfect mix for success.”
Revere will be strongest at their skill positions, as most of their returning players are at these positions. The Patriots lost Steven Piazza all season from a torn ACL, which is a big time loss for Revere. The Patriots will be relying on two very talented running backs to step up and fill the void of Piazza. First is senior running back Tommy Portrait, who was 11th in the NEC small in scoring. Junior captain running back Kaleb Silva is expected to have a breakout season as well. The duo Portrait and Silva are going to be the backbone of the Patriots offensive attack this season.
“Tommy and Kaleb are very talented backs that we are going to need this year,” said coach Cicatelli. “This duo I know can be dynamic and will be problematic for the rest of the NEC to handle. Not only are these two young men important, but the entire offensive line is going to be pivotal for our success. If the offensive line can keep performing how they’ve had in camp, then we will be just fine.”
Revere will also be counting on senior leadership in Captain Steven Selevitch (tight end) and Eddie Volcimus (guard/linebacker). One bright spot in camp was junior strong safety Mike Norton, who performed outstanding all preseason. Norton stepped up and is expected to be a major contributor for the Patriots defense.
Revere’s biggest weakness is once again depth. If the Patriots have another bad cause of the injury bug, then it will be a very tough season from start to finish.
“If we can stay healthy and have another fast start like we’ve had the past two seasons, then we are going to be a team to be reckoned with in the NEC,” said coach Cicatelli.
The Patriots season will start Friday, September 13th on the road against Medford.