RHS football team trounces Swampscott; seeks to improve to 6-1
By Journal Staff
The Revere High football team once again overcame a slow start, but soon shifted into high gear to steamroll past the visiting Big Blue of Swampscott, 46-7, much to the delight of the Patriots hometown partisans Friday evening at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
As happened the previous week in their encounter with Saugus, Revere allowed a touchdown drive on their opponent’s first possession off the opening kickoff. However, also similar to last week, the Pats struck back immediately and then asserted their dominance on both sides of the ball the rest of the way.
Junior Oscar Lopez, who has come into his own as one of the premier multi-threat, two-way performers in the Northeastern Conference, put Revere on the board with a 10 yard run that made the score 7-6 (the Pats missed the PAT) before the first quarter ended.
Junior running back Victor Rivera, who has established himself as one of the top breakaway threats in the league, put Revere into the lead with a 66 yard jaunt in the second quarter. Steve Noel, another multi-purpose player on coach Lou Cicatelli’s squad, scored the Patriots’ third TD of the evening from two yards out to leave matters at 19-6 in Revere’s favor (Steve kicked the PAT conversion after Rivera’s TD, but missed after his own score) at the half.
The Revere Express continued its onslaught after the intermission. Rivera, who racked up 150 yards rushing for the night, rumbled into the end zone from 11 yards out early in the third frame and then Lopez ran back an interception 40 yards for a pick six that increased the Patriot advantage to 32-7 to start the fourth period.
Lopez found a third way to get into the enemy end zone — this time grabbing a five yard pass from senior captain Danny Murphy (9-for-14 passing for 105 yards) — to start the fourth quarter and James Furlong applied the frosting on the Revere victory cake with a five yard run for a TD to account for the 46-7 final tally.
“It truly was a complete, all-around game by our team” said Cicatelli. “Our defense was phenomenal and the offense was firing on all cylinders. We also had the opportunity to give some of our younger players some valuable playing time.”
The ball-hawking, opportunistic Revere defensive crew picked off no less than five Swampscott aerials to record five interceptions on the stat sheet. John DeSimone, Lopez, Furlong, Jake Noftle, and Eddie Sullivan all were members of the Patriot I-team that made life miserable for the Swampscott passing game.
“I can’t say enough about how well our defense played,” enthused Cicatelli, who also lauded the efforts of Pho Tran, Jovan Salcedo, Anthony DeSefano, and Noel for their defensive work. “They played marvelously.”
The victory brings the Patriots’ record to a sterling 5-1 on the season with a chance Friday evening to make it 6-1 for the first time for a Revere football squad since 1982 (which was Cicatelli’s senior year). Their opponent will be a Salem squad that always is tough to beat on their home gridiron at Bertram Field (not to mention that this will be the start of Halloween Week in the Witch City). Salem is 2-4, with both wins, Saugus (19-7) and Swampscott (19-3), on their home field,
“We know Salem will be a tough opponent,” said Cicatelli. “But this team knows it has a chance to make some history and we will give it everything we’ve got.”
Boys soccer at 11-2-2,
qualifies for state tourney
The state tourney-bound Revere High boys soccer team now stands at 11-2-2 with just three games left on their schedule, all home games. First-year coach Manny Lopes’s squad hosts Lynn Classical today (Wednesday), Lynn English this coming Monday, and then Peabody next Wednesday for the season finale.
RHS girls cross-country
team defeats Salem, 22-35
The Revere High girls cross country team made an unscheduled visit to Salem last week — the teams’ meet originally had been scheduled for Revere’s home course at Belle Isle, but had to be relocated because of the West Nile virus alert in Suffolk County — and made the long trek north a worthwhile one, claiming a 22-35 triumph over the Witches.
“The Salem course covers a variety of terrains, including a beach, and is quite challenging,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnottt. “Hannah Fitzpatrick continues to be our top runner, posting a personal record (PR) race pace, and racing smart against Salem’s top girl. Hannah ran right with her for the first mile or so and then really turned it on, taking the number one spot easily.”
Other Lady Patriots who earned PR race paces were senior Cindy Peraza, junior Helen Perez, and sophomore Hawa Barry.
Revere’s last dual meet of the season is scheduled for today (Wednesday) against the always-tough Peabody Tanners at Belle Isle (mosquitoes permitting).
“With the frost predicted this week, we hope to be past the mosquito threat and get the green light to have the meet at home,” said Sinnott.
Revere 22, 35
Hannah Fitzpatrick – 22:05 – 1st overall
Suellen Guerreiro – 22:58 – 3rd overall
Monica Posada – 23:48 – 5th overall
Trisha Cheever – 23:50 – 6th overall
Leila Cesic – 24:31 – 7th overall
Jaclynne Dion – 24:48 – 9th overall
Joanna Severino Perez – 27:24 – 12th overall
Nicole Paddock – 27:26 – 13th overall
Helen Perez – 27:32 – 14th overall
Lani Stevens – 29:05 – 17th overall
Cindy Peraza – 30:03 – 18th overall
Jessica Ventura – 31:23 – 20th overall
Jasmine Martinez – 36:32 – 21st overall
Hawa Barry – 38:02 – 22nd overall
Sabrina Elouardi – 38:04 – 23rd overall
Meloee Nazaire – 39:40 – 24th overall
Catherine Monroy – 40:04 – 25th overall
RHS girls soccer
team ties Gloucester
The Revere High girls soccer team played Gloucester and came away with a 1-1 tie last week. The goals for both teams did not come until late in the second half, with Gloucester scoring first with about two minutes left and then the Lady Patriots reaching the back of the Gloucester net in dramatic fashion with just 12 seconds left to tie the game.
The first half of the contest was a defensive battle. Both teams had some great scoring opportunities, but could not finish. Marianna Hincapie led Revere with four shots on goal during that half. The Lady Patriots also received superb goalkeeping from Jade Subervi.
Late in the second half Gloucester broke the deadlock, but the setback did not deflate the Lady Patriots. The Revere girls took possession of the ball and moved determinedly upfield, led by midfielders Samantha Harrington and Amina Mansouri, as time was running down. A feed to forward Gabby Melendez sent her in alone on the Gloucester keeper and Gabby took full advantage of the chance to put home the game-tying goal.
“The girls showed true leadership and played hard to the last whistle,” said RHS head coach Megan O’Donnell.
The Lady Patriots celebrated Senior Day Friday with a contest against Danvers. “Senior Day is always a tough game because it’s the seniors’ last game playing on their home field before they move onto college or enter the work force,” said O’Donnell. “I would like to thank all six of the seniors, Vivian Aguirre, Joseline Argueta, Lizbeth Gutierrez, Amina Mansouri, Yesli Paez, and Sarah Amine. These six young ladies have worked hard this season and will be truly missed.
“Their hard work and determination has shown the underclassmen that anything is possible as long as you work hard,” continued the coach. “These young ladies not only succeed on the field, but they also succeed in the classroom. I want to wish them all luck in the future and they will always be part of Revere High girls soccer.”
Amidst all of the Senior Day excitement, the Revere girls played hard and fought to the end to try and win this last home game for the seniors. Although Danvers (perennially one of the powerhouses of the Northeastern Conference) came out with the win, O’Donnell had words of praise for many of her players.
“There were a lot of good defensive plays by Joseline Argueta, Luana Santos, Katherine Ramos, Liz Gutierrez and Madison Cunningham,” said O’Donnell. “The mid-fielders fought for all the loose balls and moved it up-field. Danela Ortez and Amina Mansouri are the glue that holds the mid-field together and they work hard every game. Vivian Aguirre, Yesli Paez, Sarah Amine, Samantha Harrington, Marianna Hinicape, and Mackenzie Cunningham all worked hard to keep Danvers away from the ball and created some scoring opportunities for Gabby Melendez, Susan De Leon, and Estefina Flores to get the ball on the Danvers goalie.”
The Lady Patriots were set to host Beverly this past Monday. They play at Lynn Classical today (Wednesday), at Lynn English this coming Monday, and then trek to Peabody next Wednesday for the season finale.
Boys cross country
team continues to improve
Although the Revere High boys cross country team came out on the short end of a 25-34 decision to Salem last week, the Patriots continued their trend of faster times.
Zakaria Attioui was the top Revere runner, as he has been all season, winning the race in a time of 17:35 over Salem’s three mile course. Teammate Sebastian Mejia took fourth place in 19:00, followed by Zach Gentile in sixth in 19:45, Arthur LaCerda in 12th in 21:26, and Fernando Aquiluz in 15th in 22:45 to complete the RHS scoring sheet.
Patriots who also competed in the meet were: Hassan Barhoum in 18th spot in 23:16, freshman Jonathan Nushi in 19th in 23:38, Andres Ramirez in 20th in 24:24, David Henao in 22nd in 25:12, Dominic Crespo in 22nd in 25:18, and Ralph Corbelle in 25th in 26:47.
Revere’s last dual meet of the season is scheduled for today (Wednesday) against the always-tough Peabody Tanners at Belle Isle.
RHS field hockey
team playing well
The Revere High field hockey team dropped contests to a pair of tough NEC foes last week, Marblehead 3-0 and Swampscott 5-0.
“We continue to work on our offense and even had people in new positions to try and get the ball in the back of the net,” said RHS head coach Erin Parker. “We hope to keep improving this week with games against Peabody (twice) and Malden,” continued Parker. “We also have been awaiting the return of our captain and center midfielder, Sam Woodman, who has been out for three weeks with an ankle sprain. It is undecided if she will be able to return before the season ends.”
The Lady Patriots held their 22nd annual alumni game Saturday, a long-standing tradition where alumni come back to play the varsity team. The alumni took home the crown this year.
Volleyball team improves
in contest with Danvers
Although the Revere High volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20) to Danvers last week, the Lady Patriots showed a big improvement from their first meeting with the Lady Falcons.
Valentina Pepic led Revere with eight kills and Natasha Iacviello added five kills. “We played a solid, clean game,” said RHS head coach Jaime Imbracsio. “We’v come a long way from our first game against Danvers where we didn’t break 20 points in any of the three games.”
The Lady Patriots play at Lynn Classical Friday, at Lynn English Monday, and at Peabody Wednesday.
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
October 19, 2005
The Revere High football team dropped a heartbreaking 26-25 decision to Lynn Classical in overtime. Steven Emmorati kicked a 27 yard field goal to send the game into overtime and booted a clutch PAT in overtime. However, Classical went for the two-point conversion after its TD to win the game. Emilio Digitale scored from four yards out to account for the Revere TD in the overtime session. Reggie Royster, who had a big night for Revere at quarterback, scored the first Patriot TD on a one-yard sneak. Linebacker David Cutler was immense on defense for the Patriots. Dennis Hickey scored the second Revere TD on a five yard run. Classical had come into the contest as one of the top teams in the area with a 4-1 record.
The RHS boys cross country team defeated Winthrop, but fell to Beverly, in a tri-meet at Beverly. Anthony Hanslin was the top Revere runner with a time of 19:00, followed by Marco Cerullo in 19:37, John Cacaviello in 2:04, Stephen Armstrong in 20:37, and Dan Broadford in 20:59.
20 years ago
October 18, 1995
The Revere High football team dropped a 31-0 decision to powerhouse Waltham Saturday afternoon at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
The RHS golf team has qualified for post-season play with five wins already under its belt. Mike Cristoforo has been the number one player for coach Ron Ferullo’s team, which is now 5-3 on the season. Christina Anzuoni is the team’s captain and is the only girl playing in the GBL.
The RHS girls soccer team improved to 5-7 with wins over Everett and Malden. Erin Neary and Kelli McKenna each scored two goals and Lauren Lospennato added a single tally in a 5-0 triumph over Everett. Jen Nelson scored two goals and McKenna added another in the 3-1 victory over Malden.
The 2-8-1 RHS field hockey team won its second game of the season with a 2-1 triumph over Malden. Lauren Fisher and Aisha Millbury scored the goals for Revere.
30 years ago
October 16, 1985
The RHS football team escaped with a 14-14 tie Saturday despite being outplayed by Somerville. Joe Galvin returned the opening kickoff 88 yards and John Spinelli returned another 90 yards for the Revere touchdowns.
Vic Damiano scored four goals to lead the RHS soccer team to a 5-1 win over Somerville, improving the Pats to 3-5-1 on the season.
Medford handed both the boys and girls cross country teams their first defeats of the season. David DeMattia was the top Revere finisher for the boys, grabbing second place in 16:25. Teammate John Bruzzese took third in 16:25 as the boys fell, 26-31. In the girls’ contest, Stacy Chamberlin won the race in 20:07 over the 2.95 mile course. Kim Bulwer was the next Revere girl in 21:31. The Lady Patriots lost 20-38.
The winless RHS field hockey team tied Brookline, 0-0. The Lady Patriots also are still seeking to score their first goal of the season.
40 years ago
October 15, 1975
A Revere High football team lost to Chelsea, 6-0 Saturday, the first time an RHS team has lost to Chelsea since 1960.
The RHS soccer team has been hit by injuries, the most-costly being a broken leg suffered by team captain John Lyons, who is out for the season. In a 3-0 win over Everett, freshman Tommy Ianello scored two goals and Dom Rossi added another.
The RHS cross country team improved to 4-1 with wins of 20-57 over Arlington and 19-40 over Everett. RHS co-captain Keith Harkins won the Arlington race in 14:29 and Larry Welch captured the Everett meet in 14:51.
50 years ago
October 21, 1965
The RHS football team defeated Lynn Classical, 12-6, before a big crowd of 4000 fans at Paul Revere Stadium. A 42 yard bomb from RHS quarterback Ron Iovanna to Alan Drover and a one yard plunge by Bob Carrabes accounted for the Revere scores.
The undefeated, untied, and unscored-upon Immaculate Conception High football team knocked off previously-undefeated St. Clement’s of Somerville, 16-0, Sunday afternoon at Dilboy Field. Coach Ronnie Corbett’s IC Revicons now are in first place in the Catholic Suburban League. IC quarterback Mika Carabba scored on a nine-yard run and hit Charlie Patch for the two-point conversion. Carabba then fired his eighth TD pass of the season, covering 20 yards, to Bob Smith. Another two-point conversion was successful on a short pass to George Sullivan.
60 years ago
October 20, 1955
The RHS football team dropped a 19-0 decision to Wakefield Tuesday. The game had been scheduled for Saturday, but the week’s heavy rains caused the lengthy postponement. As was the case the week before in the loss to Chelsea, costly mistakes hurt coach Art Statuto’s squad.
Sophomore Carl Fuccillo set a new course record at Wakefield, but the RHS cross country team dropped a 28-30 decision. Dick Zaino, Denny DeFrancesco, Wally Ward, and Jack DeMore were the next Revere finishers.
70 years ago
October 18, 1945
The RHS football team now is in top position in the Class B rankings after its 27-6 victory over Pawtucket East Friday night. The gridiron heroes for coach Kenneally’s squad once again were Jerry Sarno and Mike Casoli. Sarno ran 40 yards for one TD, while quarterback Casoli accounted for 13 points running, passing, and kicking. Laurano scored the fourth Revere TD on a 25 yard romp.
The Immaculate Conception High football team remained undefeated with a 25-0 win over Mission High of Roxbury. Marty Conley tossed a TD pass to Bill Murray and ran for two others. Scooter Bennett scored on a 25 yard run.