Patriots prepare for rival Winthrop on Thanksgiving

By Jerry DiStefano

 

The Revere High Patriots will try to end the season on a high note, as they host rival Winthrop on Turkey Day. Game time is 10 a.m.

Revere and Winthrop have split the last two games in this series. This series/rivalry has been going on for over 50 years. Revere Head Coach Lou Cicatelli knows just how big a game like this is every year.

“Both teams always want to win such an emotional and intense game as this one will be on Thursday. Both teams are looking to finish the season over .500, so emotions will be running high. This is a really big game for our program and it would be a really nice one to get,” Cicatelli said.

Revere has been struggling a bit coming into this game. The Patriots started the season red hot, but the injury bug caught up with them. By week four Revere had seven starters hurt and out of the starting lineup. Midway through the season Revere was lined up to make a run at winning its first conference title in over 45 years. But the injury bug was just too much for Revere to overcome, and they fell short to Classical and Masco in must-win situations. Coach Cicatelli was proud of his team despite the rough finish to the season.

“I have never been involved with such an injury-plagued season in my life. My boys showed great mental strength, never letting any injury get them down. They always played as hard as they possibly could and gave 100 percent effort every week. We still had a chance down the stretch of the season to possibly win the conference, and that really speaks volumes about my boys. They are a great bunch of kids and I was honored to have coached them this season,” Cicatelli said.

Revere will lean on Tommy Portrait, Joe Ritchie, Kyle Gotham, and a once again healthy Bobby Rose to lead the charge on Thanksgiving against the Vikings.

Coach Cicatelli likes his team’s chances on Thursday. He said: “We have to do a much better job in the red zone on the offensive side. We cannot leave points on the board like we have been doing as of late. We have to capitalize on any chance Winthrop gives us and take complete advantage of them… We also have to cut out our turnovers and play a turnover free game. If we can do these things, then we will have great success on Thursday.”