The Revere High football team scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second half to turn a tight 13-12 contest at the intermission into a 32-12 romp over Georgetown Friday evening before a delighted home crowd under the lights at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
The RHS fans on hand had barely settled into their seats when Georgetown quickly put six points up on the board after recovering a Revere fumble on the opening kickoff and marching into the endzone in five plays.
However, the Patriots wasted no time in delivering an effective counterpunch, moving 60 yards on the ensuing possession, the capper being a 17 yard jaunt by Andy Restiano for six to even matters at 6-6.
A Patriot turnover (another fumble) on Revereâ€™s next possession set the stage for Georgetownâ€™s second touchdown drive of the opening period, with a 42 yard pass play accounting for the TD.
However, that would prove to be the high point of the contest for the visitors. The Patriots would settle down on both defense and offense the rest of the way. The second period saw Bobby Rose sprint 37 yards to paydirt on a beautifully-executed screen pass to give the Pats a 13-12 advantage (with Jeff Simbert splitting the uprights for the PAT) to take a lead they never would relinquish.
While most Revere fans no doubt were prepared for another see-saw battle in the remaining two periods as the teams came out of the locker room after the intermission, they could not have known that Patriot head coach Lou Cicatelli and his staff had revised their game plan for the second half.
â€œGeorgetown really jammed us on the outside in the first half and did a nice job to take away our sweeps,â€said Cicatelli. â€œSo we adjusted our game plan to go off tackle and pull some inside traps.â€
The results were dramatic, as the Patriot ground game soon made mince meat of the Georgetown defense. With quarterback Joe Ritchie handing off to his array of fine running backs, Restiano, Tom Portrait, and Conlen Adjindah, and also rushing for some serious yardage himself, the Pats ran the ball seemingly at will, eventually accumulating almost 300 yards on the ground.
Portrait reached the endzone twice in the third period on runs of three and 30 yards, and Ritchie applied the icing to the RHS victory cake with a 47 yard dash up the middle on a quarterback trap in the fourth frame.
â€œIt was a totally different game in the second half,â€ noted Cicatelli. â€œMy staff did a great job and the team executed the plays. It was a total team effort.â€
The Revere defense also came up big after the intermission, shutting down a Georgetown offense that had racked up 41 points the week before en route to a 41-14 triumph over West Bridgewater. Adjindah played what Cicatelli called a â€œferociousâ€ game from his outside linebacker spot. Nose guard Connor McCarthy was a force in the middle and accounted for four sacks of the Georgetown quarterback. Kyle Gotham had a big game on defense and Marvin Rios turned in a strong, two-way effort on both the defensive and offensive lines.
â€œWeâ€™re coming together as a team,â€ said Cicatelli. â€œWe improved on our performance from the first week and eliminated some of the sloppy play in that game. This week weâ€™ll work on some other areas that need improvement, particularly our passing game.â€
Long time Patriot fans may have recognized a familiar face on the Georgetown sidelines, former RHS head coach and teacher Mike Cella, who has taken on a post as an assistant coach with the Georgetown program.
â€œIt was an emotional night for many of us,â€ noted Cicatelli, who played under Cella at RHS.
The Patriots, who now are 2-0 on the year, will travel up the Lynnway to Swampscott Saturday afternoon. Swampscott stands at 1-1 on the year, having edged Somerville 34-32 in the season opener, but falling to Winthrop last week, 21-10.Â Kickoff time is 1:00 at Blocksidge Field.
Boys cross country team runs well in season opener
Although the Revere High cross country team dropped its season opening meet last week to Swampscott, RHS head coach Mike Flynn was delighted with his teamâ€™s performance.
â€œEvery boy ran very well,â€ said Flynn of his squad, which was edged by a thin 26-29 margin by a Swampscott team that was second best in the Northeastern Conference last year. â€œAll but one of our runners ran a personal record (PR) on our home course, and many by big margins.â€
Leading the way for Revere was senior Kristi Nushi, who came home in third place in 16:36 over the 2.89 mile course, a whopping 50 seconds faster than his best time last year.
â€œKristi attended camp in the summer and has really worked hard,â€ said Flynn. â€œHeâ€™s improved tremendously.â€
Teammate Rawlings Toglon grabbed fifth spot in a PR of 17:26Â and led a procession of teammates ahead of the next Swampscott runner. Karim Sahila was sixth in 17:31, John DelloRusso (who shaved 17 seconds off his previous best) was seventh in 17:54, and Mohamed Bensadok was eighth in 18:15 to complete the Revere score sheet.
William Truong came home in 11th position in 18:26; Derek Fortuna was 13th in 19:16; and Jay Mistri was 18th in 20:03. Other Patriot runners were Ricardo Maldonado in 20:05, Boun Che in 20:42, and Kane DiMasso-Scott in 20:48.
â€œOur performance against Swampscott bodes well for the rest of the season,â€ noted Flynn, whose squadâ€™s next action is a tri-meet set for today (Wednesday) against Lynn English and Beverly on the Lynn Woods course.
Boys soccer ties Saugus,Â falls to Peabody in first week
With a half dozen of his players sidelined with injuries, Revere High boys soccer coach Nik Tower must feel as though heâ€™s running an infirmary, rather than a soccer program.
But the show must go on, as the saying goes, and thus an undermanned RHS boys soccer team opened its season last week against Northeastern Conference rivals Saugus and Peabody.
The Patriots overcame a 1-0 disadvantage in the Saugus encounter to earn a 1-1 tie in the opener at Saugus. The Revere tally came on a beautiful header by junior newcomer Saad Elkhaim off a fine crossing pass from the corner by teammate Wilmer Cruz.
Peabody traditionally is one of the perennial powers in the Northeastern Conference and once again features a physically imposing team. However, the Patriots played the visiting Tanners evenly most of the way, with a penalty kick and a goal in the closing minutes accounting for most the 3-0 final score.
â€œOverall I was very pleased with the way we played against a Peabody team that is one of the tallest Iâ€™ve sever seen at the high school level,â€ said Tower. â€œWe had a couple of bad breaks that went their way and the final score was not indicative of how close the game was.
â€œHopefully weâ€™ll get back some of our injured players this week and we will be able to earn some wins and points,â€ added the coach. â€œWe are a team with many very good players, but no superstars, so we need to have everybody on hand and to play as a team.â€
Tower and his crew have a busy week ahead. They were set to play last night (Tuesday) under the lights at Manning Field against Lynn Classical and will host Salem tomorrow on the turf behind the high school. They will travel to Oâ€™Bryant High Saturday and to Beverly Monday before returning home to entertain Lynn English next Wednesday, culminating a stretch of five games in nine days.
RHS golf team
defeats Salem, 38.5-33.5
The Revere High golf team won its first match of the season, defeating Salem 38.5-33.5.
Key performers for the Patriots were No. 7 and No. 8 players Brett Deukmejian and Jay Seigal, who defeated their Salem opponents 6-3 and 7-2 respectively.
â€œThe big swing in points came from Brett and Jay, who gave us an advantage of eight points in the final match,â€ said RHS coach Matt Nazzaro.
Also turning in strong efforts were John Cimmarutta at No. 1, who lost by just one point, 4-5, to his Salem rival, who is one of the best golfers in the NEC, and Mark Maloney at No. 2, who defeated a strong Salem foe, 5.5-3.5.
â€œI canâ€™t remember the last time Revere beat Salem in golf,â€ said Nazzaro. â€œWe played well and everyone contributed. The whole team was excited.â€
The Patriots took on Everett Monday and Beverly yesterday (Tuesday). They meet Winthrop today and Peabody tomorrow.â€
Strong start for
RHS volleyball team
The Revere High volleyball team is off to a fine start, taking its first three games in its season-opening week.
The Lady Patriots defeated Medford 3-2, Saugus 3-1, and Lynn English 3-0.
â€œThe girls have really stepped it up this year right from the beginning of the season,â€ said RHS head coach Kim Hudd.
Starting players for the 2012 squad are Helen Davis (middle hitter), Valentina Lopez (outside hitter), Hailey Lauria (setter), Anna Pham (outside hitter), Shannon Spillane (libero), Natalie Colon-Martins (middle hitter), and Katie Tuck, who plays the right front hitting position.
â€œThe girls have really picked up their defensive and offensive game and are an enthusiastic group,â€ noted Hudd.
Colon-Martins has been leading the team with kills (spikes) at the net and blocking. Lopez has been leading the way in defensive digs and service points, while Lauria has been setting the pace in assists.
â€œI think we are going to have a great season,â€ added Hudd, whose squad travels to Lynn Classical tomorrow (Thursday) and will host Salem Monday and Saugus Wednesday. All matches start at 4:00.
Cross country girls
fall to Swampscott
Revere junior Nikki Nelson took the top spot overall among a huge field of runners in the season opening meet for the Revere High girls cross country team last week on their home course against Swampscott.
â€œSwampscott has nearly 60 girls on its team and our team is the largest it has been in a long time, so it made for a packed race,â€ said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott.
â€œFor many girls on our team, this was their first high school race, so they definitely were nervous at the start, but finished the race with smiles,â€ added Sinnott.
Although the Lady Patriots came out on the short end of a 20-49 decision, Sinnott saw many pluses for her squad, who noted that freshmen Trisha Cheever and Jaclynne Dion both finished in the scoring positions for Revere. â€œThese girls ran in the Revere Middle School program and their work last year is paying off this season,â€ said the coach. â€œNikki Nelson is looking as strong as ever and senior Maggie DiPlatzi looked good after missing nearly a whole year of running due to injury.â€
The Revere girlsâ€™ finishes and their times were as follows:
Nikki NelsonÂ Â first overallÂ Â 20:41; Caitlyn CaramelloÂ Â seventh overallÂ Â 21:58; Trisha CheeverÂ Â 12th overallÂ Â 23:19; Alanna PascoÂ Â 13th overallÂ Â 23:21; Maggie DiPlatziÂ Â 16th overallÂ Â 23:52; Hayley ManginoÂ Â 21st overallÂ Â 24:41; Jaclynne Dion -Â 25th overallÂ Â 24:58;
Jennifer DandrowÂ Â 37th overallÂ Â 28:12; Ghizlane BenzerdjebÂ Â 45th overallÂ Â 29:03; Monica ReyesÂ Â 48th overallÂ Â 29:40; Alessandra SabellaÂ Â 53rd overallÂ Â 31:07; Aouli LabecheÂ Â 58th overallÂ Â 32:52; Evelyn BonillaÂ Â 59th overallÂ Â 33:31; Jessica VenturaÂ Â 60th overallÂ Â 33:43;
Rayana BenzahoraÂ Â 61st overallÂ Â 33:46; Dakota DeLucaÂ Â 63rd overallÂ Â 36:10; Michelle VargasÂ Â 64th overallÂ Â 36:11; Catherine MonroyÂ Â 65th overallÂ Â 37:37; Ashley GoodwinÂ Â 66th overallÂ Â 37:56; Francesca DeRosaÂ Â 67th overallÂ Â 37:57; and Meloee NazaireÂ Â 68th overallÂ Â 37:57.
Sinnott and her crew will compete in a tri-meet today (Wednesday) vs. Lynn English and Beverly at Lynn Woods.