By Jerry DiStefano -
The Revere High Patriots football team has a case of déjà vu they do not want. Revere was blanked 14-0 at Dracut last Friday, which was their second consecutive 14-0 defeat.
“There have been some serious growing pains this season,” Revere coach Lou Cicatelli said. “We are a very young team, but being blanked two weeks in arrow is nothing I envisioned of ever happening.”
The Revere offense had five drives that got into the Dracut red zone, but they came away with a total of zero points.
The Patriots took their opening possession 70 yards, all the way to the Dracut 15-yard line. Revere quarterback Tommy Portrait fumbled, and Dracut was able to recover the ball. The Tornado defense got a quick stop, and the offense was able to get down all the way to the Dracut 10-yard line. Revere was called for two penalties and was in a first-and-twenty before they could blink. The Patriots turned the ball over on downs, and the score was 0-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Dracut found the end zone midway through the second quarter. Revere penalties gave the Dracut offense two first downs when the Patriots appeared to have them stopped. Revere trailed 7-0 at the end of the first half.
The Patriot defense got another quick stop, and the offense was able to drive again to the Dracut red zone. The Revere center snapped the ball through Portraits’s legs once they reached the red zone, which backed up Revere into a second-and-long. The Patriots turned the ball over on downs. The Patriot defense was able to keep Revere in the game; they trailed 7-0 going into the fourth quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter, Revere drove down to the Dracut 15-yard line once again. Patriot running back Kaleb Silva broke a 15-yard run that found the end zone, and appeared to tie the game, 7-7. There was a flag on the field that was for a Revere hold – the touchdown was wiped off the board. The Patriots turned the ball over on downs a third consecutive time, and remained trailing, 7-0. Dracut was able to convert the turnover into seven points to take a comfortable 14-0 lead midway through the fourth quarter.
“I know we have a young team, but I hope someone will step up at the end of our drives and make a play that results in a touchdown,” Cicatelli said. “Our defense has been playing their tails off week in and week out. I am very encouraged with our defense, and I hope our offense will respond well next week.”
Leading the way for the Revere defense was Steven Noel, Damien Strait and Portrait. Revere (1-8) will next take on Medford this Friday night (November 15) at 7:00 p.m.