By Jerry DiStefano
It was a tale of two opposite halves for the Revere high football team as they squared off against Georgetown. The Patriots made the necessary adjustments in the second half to cruise to a 32–12 victory.
Revere did not have the start they were hoping for. They fumbled the opening kickoff return at the 50-yard line, where Georgetown would recover the ball. Georgetown took over and scored on the possession to give them an early 6–0 lead.
Revere did not waste any time in responding, as the Patriots marched down the field on a 65-yard drive capped off by a Tommy Portrait three-yard touchdown run to make the score 6–6. Georgetown hit a 30-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to reclaim the lead at 12–6. Revere scored late in the second quarter to take their first lead of the game at 13–12. That was the score as the final whistle blew in the first half.
Revere never trailed again for the rest of the game. Revere Coach Lou Cicatelli was very pleased with everyone, from the players to the coaching staff.
“Our coaching staff did a great job at halftime making the necessary adjustments for the second half. They did a great job recognizing what Georgetown was doing and taking advantage of it. The kids did an unbelievable job executing the second half game plan to perfection,” Cicatelli said.
Revere’s biggest second half adjustment was running inside on Georgetown which worked out better then expected. The Patriots outscored Georgetown, 19–0, in the second half. Cicatelli was very impressed with how well his boys played, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
“The boys played exceptionally in the second half, especially on the defensive side of the ball. We improved as a team from the first week to this week, and that is a good sign for us,” Cicatelli said.
Revere’s Connor McCarthy set the tone for the Revere defense (4 sacks). Comlan Abjinah led Revere in tackles, and Marvin Rios helped patrol the Patriot defense. Portrait had a great game running the ball (2 touchdowns). Revere quarterback Joe Ritchie had another solid performance, as well.
Revere will square off against Swampscott this week. Cicatelli knows his team has to be prepared for a game like this.
“Playing any team that comes for the NEC Conference is no easy task. We have to play physical throughout the game. If we [are] physical and can sustain the physical play, then we will be fine,” Cicatelli said.
Revere is now 2–0 and will be weary of Swampscott’s quarterback play; they can cause an opposing team’s defense headaches.