Friday night’s game between The Revere Patriots and the Lynn English Bulldogs started out well when senior Quentin Wesley took the ball 77-yards for a touchdown on the opening drive. With the point after by Jeff Simbert the Patriots had a 7-0 lead on one of the bigger teams in the Northeast Conference Large Division.
Unfortunately, that proved to be the Patriots’ lone highlight, as six fumbles and two interceptions cost Revere several scoring chances and gave Lynn English the opening they needed to try and keep pace with Lynn Classical and Gloucester.
“Eight turnovers, that’s all you need to know,” said head coach Lou Cicatelli. “We actually moved the ball pretty well up and down the field, but every time we got into the red zone we turned the ball over, and that was the difference in the game.”
Lynn English did a terrific job of capitalizing on the turnovers too, as they scored six touchdowns off the assortment of fumbles and interceptions.
For the game, Wesley collected a total of 100 yards to go with his long touchdown and standout running back Trey Weathers added 80 yards rushing, but both were part of the group that fumbled six times.
“The fumbling was something we had a little bit of a problem with against Swampscott, but this time it was everybody,” said Cicatelli. “Nobody seemed to be able to hold on top the ball and it’s something we’re going to have to correct, because the schedule doesn’t get any easier.”
Next up for Revere will be two home games against the two best teams in the conference, and the state, as Lynn Classical and Gloucester are both currently ranked in the Boston Herald’s Top 20 high school football rankings.
“We’ve got Classical coming in here this weekend and I think they may be the best team in the conference,” said Cicatelli. “I certainly think they’re going to give Gloucester a run for its money. (Classical) is big and strong, they run their offense very well and on defense they’re big and fast as hell.”
The Classical Rams will visit Revere at 7 p.m. on Friday night, as Revere heads down the stretch with all home games. Following Classical and Gloucester in the next two weeks, the Patriots will also host Salem and then Winthrop on Thanksgiving Day.
The Patriots stand at 3-4 on the season and still have hopes of finishing with at least five or six wins, which would mark the team’s best season in years.
“It’s high school football, anything can happen,” said the coach. “All I want is for our gys to come out play hard on Friday night, and for us to still be in the game with a chance to win at the end.”