Calvin Boudreau, one of the true stars of Revere High’s resurgence in football, will be continuing his career at Curry College in Milton.
Boudreau, a three-sport captain, has been the Revere signal caller since Coach Lou Cicatelli gave him the key to the offense in the third game of his freshman season.
Boudreu piloted Revere’s potent offense in the historic 2019 season, keeping opposing defenses honest with his own running and passing skills, the perfect complement to All-Scholastic running back Joe Llanos. Revere went 10-1, advancing to the North finals where it lost to eventual Super Bowl champion Melrose.
Boudreau had a sensational start to the current Fall-II season with two excellent performances against the Lynn schools, Classical and English. However, Everett centered its defensive game plan on containing the talented 6-foot-2-inch Boudreau and the state’s perennial powerhouse proved successful in its intentions.
Boudreau, 18, said he made his decision to attend Curry after two visits to the campus in Milton and conversations with the Colonels’ coaching staff.
“I made one unofficial visit and then an official visit,” said Boudreau. “I got the opportunity to speak with the coaches and tour the facilities. With enough dedication and hard work like I known I will put in, I feel I can compete for a starting position.”
A Standout for Some Very Good Pop Warner Teams
Boudreau started playing football at the age of 7 in the Revere Junior Patriots organization at the old Harry Della Russo Stadium.
“Funny enough, my first year of football I was a guard,” recalled Calvin. “They moved me to tight end in that same season and the following season. So I’ve been playing quarterback since I was 9 on the ‘D’ team and I haven’t looked back.”
The Revere Junior Patriots won three Eastern Mass. titles and one state title during Boudreau’s reign as quarterback.
“We won the state championship my ‘B’ team year and we were one game away from Disney,” said Calvin.
Making His Presence Felt in RHS Sports
Boudreau jumped from the Pop Warner ‘B’ division into high school football, making his RHS varsity debut as the starting quarterback in the third game of his freshman season.
He sustained a broken collarbone injury in the second game of his sophomore year, but returned a year later to lead a majestic season for the team, winning the Northeastern Conference title and defeating Thanksgiving rival Winthrop for the third year in a row.
Interestingly, Boudreau and his teammates almost had a holiday showdown with Winthrop at historic Fenway Park.
“My freshman year, we were supposed to play Winthrop at Fenway Park,” recalled Boudreau. “But Winthrop had built a new field [Miller Field] that year. They had played all their previous games on the road and the field was ready by Thanksgiving. The MIAA gave us the opportunity to play at Fenway, but Winthrop wanted to play the game on its new home field. We beat Winthrop in the game.”
Boudreau said he was hoping to suit up against Winthrop once more on Thanksgiving, but the pandemic forced its postponement and because the two teams started their “Fall 2” seasons at different times, the rescheduling of the game became an impossibility.
“I give Winthrop their respect for winning the NEC South this year,” said Boudreau. “I thought they were a very good team. They’re talented. I’ll just say it would have been a great game if we played them.”
Basketball Was His First Sport
Boudreau has been a basketball player for more years than he has been a football player.
“Basketball was the first sport I ever played, but I got attached to football quicker,” he said. “I played basketball at the Saugus YMCA when I was four years and I never met [basketball coach] John Leone [in the league at Immaculate Conception] until I was in the fifth grade.”
Calvin said his parents, Donald and Stacey, have always been positive influences in his life and his athletic pursuits.
“Make sure you spell Stacey, S-T-A-C-E-Y,” said the personable Boudreau with a smile.
This season, his father, Donald, and Ward 4 Councillor and former Revere Pop Warner President Patrick Keefe have been the Revere TV broadcast team for RHS games.
Keefe, who watched Calvin’s development as a quarterback in youth football, feels the Pop Warner alumnus can be an impact player at Curry.
“Calvin is the smartest QB I’ve ever seen,” lauded Keefe. “He’s got a great arm and good elusiveness. He’s going to do well at Curry and I couldn’t be happier for him.”
Calvin hasn’t always been 6-foot, 2 inches tall. “My freshman year I was probably 5-3, 5-4,” he said. “They started me against Lynn Classical. And people were wondering about Coach Cicatelli’s judgment. I was probably 5-9, 5-10 as a sophomore. My junior year I was 6-1 and I’m 6-2 now. I’m officially taller than my dad, who is 6-1.”
He describes Revere’s undefeated regular season and journey to the North finals (one game away from a berth in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium) as “the best football season of my life.”
“The two biggest crowds were the Melrose game (in 2019) and in the Thanksgiving game against Winthrop (in 2017) on the new field my freshman year,” said Boudreau.
A Herald Player of the Week award recipient for the Classical game this season, Boudreau has one more game of football left versus Medford Friday night at Della Russo Stadium. He will then suit up for the Revere High baseball team. The reports are that the Agganis Football Classic will be played in June, and Boudreau is a shoo-in to be an Agganis All-Star.
Boudreau said he was grateful to Coach Cicatelli for giving him the opportunity to be a starting quarterback.
“I want to thank Coach Cicatelli and all the coaches for making my football experience so fun and so rewarding,” said Boudreau. “Coach Cic is the man, that’s the only way I can say it. The one thing I love about Coach Cic is all the trust that he’s always had in me. I feel like he and I have always clicked as a player and a coach. I was 5-foot-3 and he put me in there because he had all the confidence in the world in me and that gave me confidence.”
Finally, he thanked his receivers, seniors Dillan Day, Jarrod Natola, Billy Byrne-Ginepra, Mark Galvez, for their outstanding contributions to the team this season.
“And our offensive line has really produced very well this season,” he added.