By The Advocate
To the seniors go the spoils as the Revere High School football Patriots honored their graduating teammates with a 32-29 win over the Burlington Red Devils on Friday night at a wet and windy Della Russo Stadium. The regular season win improved the Pats’ record to 6-4 for the season, giving Revere some added momentum heading into the annual Thanksgiving Day matchup against a weak Winthrop Viking team.
The Pats started Friday’s matchup strongly against a playoff-contending Burlington team. They drew first blood when running back Darius McNeil ran for 60 yards followed by a 10-yard run by Zack Furlong, giving the Pats a 6-0 lead when the extra point attempt failed.
The Red Devils mounted their offensive attack, marching downfield for a touchdown and a PAT, 7-6 Burlington. The Pats returned the favor with a run by quick quarterback Jonathan Murphy for a 10-yard TD run. The two-point conversion with a pass from Murphy to Furlong gave a Revere 14-7 lead. But Burlington showed why they are playoff-contending team when they marched back again, tying the game at 14 all. But the Pats’ stellar placekicker Rayan Riazi booted a 27-yard field goal, giving the Pats the lead at halftime, 26-14.
The second half returned the see-saw battle when both teams struck with touchdowns – the final blow coming from Revere off of Murphy’s 15-yard run for a touchdown, giving the Pats a 32-21 lead. The highlight reel will include a 40-yard field goal by Riazi.
The Red Devils came back with another touchdown followed by a two-point conversion, bringing the score, still in Revere’s favor, 32-29. A last-ditch attempt to take the game back with a failed onside kick attempt (one of three by the Red Devils) was thwarted thanks to Patriot captain Frank Sims, who wrapped up the ball and the win for the Pats.
After the game Coach Lou Cicatelli applauded the total team effort and keyed in his standouts of the game: running back Darius McNeil; linebacker Frank Sims on defense; kicker Riazi, who booted two field goals; linemen Zach Furlong and Zac Carifio; center Josh Laurianne; and quarterback Jonathan Murphy.
The Pats are ready for the Thanksgiving matchup against the Vikings at Harry Della Russo Stadium.