The Revere High School football team spotted Winthrop three touchdowns and was unable to overcome its slow start in a 25-6 loss to Winthrop High in the annual Thanksgiving game at Miller Field in Winthrop.
The host Vikings (7-4) turned three turnovers into points and built an 18-0 lead.
â€œWinthrop just took it to us in the first half. We turned the ball over three times and that set the tone, and it was really tough to climb back,â€ said Revere head coach Lou Cicatelli.
Revere quarterback Carlos Rizo and receiver Sami Elasri combined for a touchdown pass with 6:10 left in the third quarter to close the gap to 18-6. Elasri made a nifty play to secure the football that was tipped by a Winthrop defender in the end zone.
Revere then appeared to make a big defensive play deep in its own territory when Abbas Attoui scooped up a fumble and had plenty of open space in front of him for a possible â€œscoop and scoreâ€ touchdown. But the referee ruled that the Winthrop player did not have possession of the football and the pass was ruled incomplete, much to the dismay of the Revere fans.
â€œThat could have been a turning point or a momentum-booster,â€ said Cicatelli. â€œI thought it was a reception and a fumble.â€
Always a credit to high school football and the Revere athletic program, Cicatelli totally refrained from criticizing the referees.
â€œWinthrop was definitely more physical, and they wanted it more, and they got it,â€ said Cicatelli. â€œAnd defensively, we didnâ€™t really play well.â€
Cicatelli felt that Sami Elasri was a standout for Revere, noting the sparkling TD reception that showed his athleticism.
â€œThe Winthrop secondary double-teamed Sami the whole game, but he played with a lot of heart,â€ credited Cicatelli.
Revere, which was decimated by injuries to such key players as Max Doucette, Domenic Boudreau, and Davi Barreto during the season, finished the 2022 campaign with a 4-7 record.
â€œNot having Max Doucette on both sides of the ball was a huge hit,â€ said Cicatelli. â€œWith Max Doucette and Dom Boudreau on the field, weâ€™re a different team. We had a lot of starters miss a lot of games. It was a tough year. The record is disappointing, but we made the playoffs, and that was one of our goals.â€
Shosho, Elasri, Boudreau, Fuentes are GBL All-Stars
Revere High players Jason Shosho, Sami Elasri, Domenic Boudreau, and Maykin Fuentes Gonzalez were selected to the Greater Boston League All-Star by a vote of the coaches.