RHS sports Roundup
Patriots fall to Winthrop 21-0
The Revere High football team gave it their all Friday night under the lights at Miller Field in Winthrop. But in the end, the combination of the Patriots’ inability to cash in on their scoring opportunities in the first half and a much-larger Winthrop team that wore down the Patriots resulted in a 21-0 loss for Coach Lou Cicatelli’s squad to the archival Vikings.
“This was a tough loss,” said Cicatelli. “We shot ourselves in the foot with a couple of key mistakes in the red zone (a pair of fumbles that ended Patriot drives at the Winthrop 12 and 18 yard lines). That’s something we need to clean up if we’re going to win football games.”
Winthrop scored a touchdown on the opening possession of the game on a 61 yard drive, the key play being a 32 yard pickup by a Viking ballcarrier on the first play of the game. Revere battled back on its possession following the kickoff and, though the Pats were stopped on downs inside the Winthrop 30, they showed that they too, had the ability to move the chains. The key play on that drive, which began at the Revere 28, was a nice run by James Furlong to the Viking 40.
Winthrop then launched another long drive that resulted in seven points for a 14-0 Viking lead before the first quarter was over. The Patriots counterattacked on their next possession and got as far as the Winthrop 12 before a fumble ended the Revere scoring threat. Revere mounted another drive before the half ended, but another fumble ended the Patriots’ hopes of keeping it a one-score game at the half.
“If we’d managed to get into the end zone, it could have been 14-14 or 14-7 at the half,” said Cicatell. “But instead, we went into the locker room down by a pair of scores, which made it a completely different game to start the second half.”
In addition to failing to take advantage of their scoring opportunities and put some points on the board, another missing part of the equation for the Pats at the intermission was the absence of their all-purpose running back and captain, Kaleb Silva, who left the contest in the first half with a hip-pointer injury.
“Kaleb had to leave the game and is day-to-day,” said Cicatelli early this week.
Filling the void left by the Patriot captain was Furlong, who enjoyed a fine day with 85 yards rushing, while also playing well at outside linebacker. Eddie Sullivan also performed admirably as the Patriot punter in Kaleb’s absence.
The Patriot defense stiffened in the second half, yielding just one more touchdown to a Winthrop squad that Cicatelli labeled as “the best team we’ve seen this year.” The coach lauded the performances of defensive end Giovanni Merino and strong safety Mike Norton, who accounted for seven tackles on the night.
“Winthrop is going to do very well this season,” said Cicatelli. “They have a lot of size on the line (the Vikings substantially outweighed Revere) and excellent skill-position players.
“But this was a very winnable game for us,” continued the coach. “When you hold the other team to just 21 points, you give yourself a good shot at winning if you can get into the end zone when you have your chances.
“But all in all, I was very proud of the way the team played,” said Cicatelli. “Playing Winthrop, even when it’s not on Thanksgiving, always is emotional and the boys left it all on the field.”
Cicatelli and his crew, who now stand at 1-2 on the season, will trek to Danvers tomorrow night (Thursday) in a shortened week because of the Jewish holidays.
Boys soccer team defeats Danvers, 2-0
The Revere High boys soccer team improved to a sterling 6-2 record on the season with a 2-0 victory at Danvers this past week. Matt Diaz Carvalho put home a rebound for the first Patriot goal and Angel Gilbert made it 2-0 before the intermission. The Patriot defense led, by David Rivera, and keeper Jesus Landaverde then took charge the rest of the way to keep Danvers off the board and preserve the shutout.
“We played a really good game,” said RHS head coach Abdel Rhazi. “We started to fall asleep in the second half, but we took a time-out to refocus our concentration and we went on to the victory from there.”
Rhazi and his crew were set to play Marblehead yesterday (Tuesday) and host Swampscott tomorrow.
RHS cross country
girls defeat Danvers
The Revere High girls cross country team earned one of the biggest victories in the program’s history with a win over Danvers last week, marking the first time that a Lady Patriot cross country team has defeated a Danvers squad in a head-to-head meet.
“The girls ran a true team race, with the race coming down to the finish of our third, fourth, and fifth runners,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott. “I am extremely proud of how the entire team ran, running smart and pushing each other to finish the race well. “
Revere juniors Lori Brizuela and Jennifer Salmeron ran personal record (PR) paces as they continued to show improvement this season. Senior Hayley Mangino ran a home course PR “and overall had a great run,” noted Sinnott. Sophomores Nicole Paddock, Joanna Severino Perez, and Lani Stevens, along with freshman Hannah Fitzpatrick, also ran home course PR times.
Leading the way once again for the Lady Patriots was Vanessa Puopolo, who finished second in a clocking of 21:13. Teammate Mangino was next to cross the line in third place in 21:40. Jaclynne Dion took fifth in 22:12, followed by Hannah Fitzpatrick in sixth in 22:17 and Suellen Guerreiro in seventh in 22:26 to complete the scoring for Revere.
Other Lady Patriots who competed and ran fine races were: Nicole Paddock — 10th — 23:33; Joanna Severino Perez — 12th — 24:13; Lani Stevens — 17th — 24:50; Monica Posada — 18th — 25:50; Megan Erwin — 20th — 27:04; Cristina Martinez — 21st — 27:55; Jessica Ventura — 22nd — 28:06; Lori Brizuela — 23rd — 28:33; Leslie Constancia — 25th — 31:35; Meloee Nazaire — 30th — 36:47; Michelle Vargas — 31st — 36:48; Lyba Khan — 32nd — 40:08; and Jennifer Salmeron — 33rd — 40:13.
The girls competed in a try-meet yesterday (Tuesday) against Medford and Lynn Classical and will travel to Salem next Wednesday.
boys cross country
Salah Barhoum outpaced the field to capture first place for the Revere High boys cross country team in their meet last Tuesday with Danvers on the local course at Belle Isle.
Salah came across the line in a time of 16:24, more than 30 seconds faster than his nearest rival. His clocking also was a personal record (PR) and was 19 seconds faster than his clocking last week.
“Salah is running really well,” said RHS head coach Mike Flynn. “He worked really hard over the summer and has become one of the top runners in the Northeastern Conference.”
Bounlaing Chea was the next Patriot to finish, capturing eighth place in 19:13. Teammate Christ Genty also cracked the top 10 with a fine ninth place effort in 19:46. Fredy Flores took 11th spot in 21:04 and Dom Giangregorio was 12th in 22:53, a time that was 20 seconds faster than last week.
A pair of newcomers to the team, Jack Mallen and Orion Kong, finished together in their first race in a clocking of 29:04.
The Patriots were set to host Lynn Classical and Medford in a tri-meet yesterday (Tuesday) and will travel to Salem next Wednesday.
RHS volleyball team
Although the Revere High volleyball team dropped both of its matches this past week to Danvers and Swampscott, RHS head coach Jaime Imbracsio was buoyed by aspects of her team’s performances.
“The girls are still trying to find their rhythm and sometimes it takes an entire game to do so,” said Imbracsio of the 3-0 loss to Danvers Tuesday in which her charges started slowly, dropping the first game 25-5, but then playing much better in the next two games before falling 25-22 and 25-16. “Once we start hitting and working together, we play much better and can play with other teams. “
Revere got off to a better start the following day against Swampscott, falling just short in game one, 25-20, and game two, 26-24, before dropping the third game, 25-11.
“The girls started strong in this game,” said Imbracsio. “Building their confidence is key this season and shows a winning future for the rest of this season and especially for next year. Since a majority of our team is young players, we are working on finding a balance and the right chemistry for that future. We are so close to winning these matches, the second half of the season looks bright as we work on winning these long rallies.”
The Lady Patriots were set to play Marblehead yesterday (Tuesday) and trek to Swampscott tomorrow. They will host Winthrop Tuesday.
RHS girls soccer
team fighting hard
Although the Revere High girls soccer team came out on the short end of a 7-0 decision to Danvers last week, RHS head coach Megan O’Donnell remained upbeat about her squad’s performance.
“The girls played hard and did not quit,” said O’Donnell of her team’s play against the Northeastern Conference perennial power. “The score does not reflect the effort the girls put into the game. This week we have three games in a row, two on the road and one at home. If the girls keep giving a 110% in every game like we have been, we should have a couple of wins this week.”
The Lady Patriots were set to take on Marblehead yesterday (Tuesday), host Cristo Rey today, trek to Swampscott tomorrow, and entertain Winthrop next Tuesday.
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
September 23, 2004
The Revere High football team played perennial GBL power and three-time defending state kingpin Everett, which is riding a 26 game winning streak, with predictable results, dropping a 47-15 contest Friday evening at Everett Stadium. Everett was led by quarterback Matt Nuzzo and running back Theluxon Pierre en route to amassing 452 yards of total offense, while the Patriots were paced by Jose Escobar, who scored on a three yard run, and quarterback Reggie Royster, who found Emilio Digitale for an 81 yard strike for a touchdown.
Coach John Mitchell’s RHS girls cross country team pulled off a dramatic upset with a 27-30 win over Cambridge. Freshman Amanda Todisco took third place to pace the Lady Patriots, followed by Kate Butland, Rose Dellarusso, Arianna Coniglio, and Nadia Sahila.
The RHS golf team defeated Malden 39.5-32.5. Senior captain Kevin Flaherty, playing in the number one slot, led the Patriots with a team-best round of 38 for a commanding 7-2 win over his Malden opponent. Brandon Pezzutto at number six also was a 7-2 winner.
30 years ago
September 26, 1984
Revere’s rebuilding football team under new head coach John Miller broke into the win column with a 20-14 win over Cambridge. Mike Merullo tossed a pair of touchdown pass of 18 yards to Roy Leone and 16 yards to Steve D’Itria.
The most promising soccer team in RHS history opened the season in booming fashion with wins of 4-0 over Peabody and 1-0 over Somerville. John Tenaglia scored two goals in the Peabody game and the lone tally vs. Somerville.
The RHS boys’ cross country team opened the season in impressive fashion with a 15-49 shutout of Somerville. David DeMattia won the race in a time of 17:49, followed by Patriot teammates John Bruzzese in 18:14 and Eugenio Beltran in 18:26.
The girls cross country team won its season-opener with a 26-29 triumph over Somerville. Stacey Chamberlain took first place in 22:25 and Stephanie Annese was second i 23:24.
40 years ago
September 25, 1974
The RHS football team opened the defense of its GBL title with a disappointing 18-16 loss to Haverhill. Frank Mucci rushed for 167 yards on 25 carries and scored both Patriot touchdowns. Co-captain Mike Ciarline was a bulwark on defense for Coach Silvio Cella’s Patriots, who are coming off a 1973 campaign that saw them go to the Division I Super Bowl.
The new Revere High boys soccer program opened its first-ever season with a 2-2 tie with Haverhill in which Domenic Rossi scored both goals.
Dom Finelli once again set a course record over the 2.8 mile distance in a time of 13:48 to lead the RHS boys cross country team to a 23-32 win over Peabody. Finelli broke his previous record of 13:53. Gary McCarthy finished third for the Patriots in 14:37 and Ron Rossi took fifth in 15:00.
60 years ago
September 30, 1954
Despite going up against a bigger Cathedral High team, the Immaculate Conception High football team ran away for a 38-6 triumph. Dick Ross led the way for Coach Ron Corbett’s Blue and Gold squad, scoring two TDs, including one on a dash of 73 yards, and passing for two others to Tim Cronin.