Patriots Look to Rebound Against Classical

A hurricane, in the form of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin football team,  blew into town  a few days ahead of the real thing and wreaked havoc on the Revere High football team, 34-6, at Harry Della Russo Stadium Saturday morning.

Maybe it was the unaccustomed Saturday AM start. Or maybe it was all of the pre-game hype. Or perhaps the string of devastating injuries to key players finally has caught up with the Pats.

But whatever the reason, Revere proved no match for the visitors, who scored on their opening drive of the game en route to building  a 28-0 lead at the half which included a 52 yard runback of a Patriot fumble for a score.

Things did not improve after the intermission, with Cambridge striking for six points to increase the margin to 34-0. Revere finally got on the scoreboard on a 33 yard pass from quarterback Joe Ritchie to Kyle Gotham, but it proved too little, too late.

“We simply came out flat and stayed that way,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli, whose squad was 5-1 coming into the contest and was seeking an elusive sixth win that would have guaranteed Revere its first winning football season since 1981.

“We have no excuses. Cambridge is a good team and simply outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” continued the coach. “We made a lot of mistakes and now we have to regroup. I told the boys afterwards that what matters now is not  the outcome of this game, but how we handle it and whether we respond next week against Lynn Classical.”

The Patriots will host Classical Friday evening at HDR in a battle that will be important in determining the championship of the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Division 1 for which both teams still are in the running. Kick off time is 7:00.

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