By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High football team got off on the right foot on the road Saturday afternoon, as Revere thumped Medford, 26–0.
The game was supposed to be in Revere, but due to inclement weather it was moved to Medford. Revere wasted no time scoring: They scored on their opening drive—a 70- yard drive capped off by a Kyle Gotham 10-yard touchdown reception thrown by Joe Ritchie. Revere missed the extra point, which made the score 6–0 Patriots. That was the only score Revere would get in the quarter.
To open the second quarter, Revere’s Tommy Portrait intercepted Medford and took the interception 40 yards back for a touchdown.
Revere Head Coach Lou Cicatelli was pleased with his defense throughout the game.
“My team’s defense played exceptionally well today. Medford never reached the red zone and the closest they got was the 30-yard line, which I was ecstatic about,” Cicatelli said.
Revere made the extra point to give the Patriots a 13–0 lead. Revere closed out the first half with another 70-yard drive capped off by a 40-yard touchdown run by Ritchie. Revere was up 19–0 at the half. The Patriots were blanked in the third quarter and had two touchdowns get called back within the quarter.
“The third quarter was very sloppy for my team. My team cannot afford to let touchdowns be called back due to mental mistakes. My team was lucky it did not hurt us this time around,” Cicatelli said.
Revere scored its final points of the game in the fourth quarter. Ritchie threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Gotham. Revere’s Ritchie finished the day with three touchdowns (2 passing, 1 running), and Gotham finished with two receiving touchdowns. Portrait had a strong all around day with two interceptions.
Revere finished the season last year 5–6, but Cicatelli is cautiously optimistic about this year: “I lost a lot of guys from my squad from last year. We have a lot of young players but they have been improving day in and day out from the start of practice. I think this team will keep improving and good things will result from it.”
Revere will square off against Georgetown this Friday. Cicatelli is very aware of what Georgetown can bring to the table and what the keys to the game are.
“Georgetown is a very big and physical team. They have a very good quarterback and we have to do the best job we can do to bottle him up. If my team keeps playing great defense then we will be in good shape. I think my team’s speed will be the difference in the game,” Cicatelli said.
Revere looks to build on its first win and get a second one Friday night.