By The Advocate
The Revere High School Patriots football team has been facing many challenges this season with seven starting players injured, but despite the setbacks, the Pats have stepped up with younger players and walked away victorious on Friday night against Medford, 27-21.
As they say, “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog,” and Revere has proven that saying right.
On Friday night, the Pats took Medford into overtime after Pats quarterback Jonathan Murphy connected to receiver Eric Bua, bringing the ball to the Mustangs’ 40-yard line with nine seconds left in regulation. Murphy again would connect to Yussuf Ali Buda with a 13-yard pass, getting the Pats to the Medford 27.
With only 3 seconds left on the clock, coach Lou Cicatelli brought in the Pats’ sensational new star, placekicker Rayan Riazi. Despite missing a PAT earlier in the game and never attempting a kick over 40 yards in his young career, Riazi connected through the uprights, giving the Pats a second chance in overtime.
The Mustangs elected to take the ball to start the OT, but the Pats’ defense stepped up, stopping Medford on all four downs. Revere stole the game from Medford on two stellar plays: a run up the middle by Darius McNeil for four yards, and some amazing footwork by running back Lucas Barbosa, who carried the ball into the end zone for a touchdown.
The 3-2 Pats – now with their third-straight win – will hit the road against Swampscott Big Blue (4-1) on Saturday, kickoff at 2:30 p.m.
Cicatelli stated after the game that he was proud of the way his team kept battling even when the outcome looked bleak, saying once again that there’s no quit in his team.
Congratulations to Pats placekicker Rayan Riazi, who was featured in Thursday’s edition of the Boston Herald by sportswriter Dan Ventura – giving the talented kicker much recognition in the team’s success so far.