Win over Winthrop will give Patriots 7-4 winning season
By Steve Freker
There’s only one way to finish a great season and that is to take home a holiday victory on Thanksgiving.
Revere High Head Coach Lou Cicatelli knows that full well as he leads his Patriots into their traditional season finale against archrival Winthrop Thursday.
Revere has had a solid season, qualifying for the MIAA Playoffs once again and sitting at 6-4 overall following a nail biter at rainy Harry Della Russo Stadium last week, 32-29 over Burlington.
With a win over Thanksgiving archrival Winthrop (4-5) on Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, Revere could finish 7-4, matching its best record in the past 25 years, which it achieved in 2016.
“We have had a good season, but we have to finish the job with a win on Thanksgiving morning,” said Coach Cicatelli, whose Patriots are hosting this year’s game on Thursday at Della Russo Stadium with a 10:00 a.m. kickoff. “Records do not matter in this game. Both teams are playing their last game and they both want to send their seniors off the right way, with a win.”
The two teams have been meeting on Thanksgiving for over 50 years and Coach Cicatelli himself was a member of both Revere teams that last won seven games in a season (1980 and 1981) before 2016.
Revere is led by quarterback Jonathan Murphy and senior running back and Captain Darius McNeil. Seniors Zach Furlong and Frank Sims are key players at linebacker and placekicker Rayan Riazi has had a sensational year for the Patriots, with several game-deciding field goals and extra points. Zac Carifo and Badr Haou are other key seniors for the Patriots.
Winthrop, under first-year head coach Jonathan Cadigan, started slowly at 2-5, but has come on strong the past two weeks with wins over Arlington Catholic and Shawsheen Tech to come in at 4-5 overall. It is a bounce back from a 2-9 record in 2017 under the previous regime.
“We are expecting a battle,” said Coach Cicatelli who is coaching in his 15th Revere-Winthrop showdown Thursday, the most years at the helm second only to former Revere legend Silvio Cella. “It always (a battle) on Thanksgiving.”