By Jerry DiStefano
The Revere High football team offense went for over 40 points in just three quarters of play against Peabody. The Patriots dismantled the Tanners to the tune of 42–24 at Peabody.
The Patriots had no trouble finding the end zone all game long, as they did not punt one time against the Tanners. Revere surged to a 24–12 lead at the half and never looked back. Revere at one point was up 42–12 with just nine minutes left in the game. The Patriots dominated the second half on both sides of the ball; the Tanners could only muster scoring drives in so-called garbage time late in the fourth quarter.
Revere Head Coach Lou Cicatelli was very happy with his team as a whole. He said: “We played a complete game…my offense did not punt once all game and the defense played exceptional in the second half. We made a halftime adjustment on the defensive side of the ball, which proved to be the difference. Peabody only scored one touchdown in the second half and it was late in the game when all my starters were out. I am proud of my guys…how well they have been performing.”
Revere’s Bobby Rose had a “monster” performance. Rose had over 300 yards of all-purpose yards to go along with two touchdowns. One of those touchdowns was on an 80-yard kickoff return that went the distance. (Rose was named one of the players of the week in The Boston Globe.)
Steven Piazza had a solid game running the ball for the Patriots (two 30-yard touchdown runs).
Tommy Portrait ran for 95 yards and a touchdown for Revere. Patriot quarterback Joe Ritchie had another solid day under center (100 yards passing, 30-yard touchdown run).
Coach Cicatelli was pleased with his defense second half performance. “Peabody moved the ball well in the first half, but after we made our adjustment that came to a screeching halt,” Cicatelli said.
Piazza, Marvin Rios, and Rose all anchored the tenacious Patriot defense.
Revere has Lynn English coming up next, which will be its hardest test of the season.
“English is a very good football team. We have to stop their very talented tailback and all of the run game. They are a very physical and big team, but I think the speed of our defense will be the difference,” Cicatelli said.
Revere will try and improve its record to 5–1 Friday night against the Bulldogs.