RhS sports Through the Years
20 years ago
October 16, 1996
The RHS football team improved to 2-2 with a 20-0 win over Malden. Marc Silvestrti turned in another outstanding performance for the Patriots, rushing for 172 yards on 18 carries and scoring two touchdowns, including one on a 38-yard scamper. RHS quarterback Dave Caramanica tossed a 53-yard TD pass to Nick Piscitelli for the third RHS score. This marks the second year in a row that the RHS girders have shut out Malden.
The RHS boys cross country team dropped its first meet of the season, 24-31 to undefeated Peabody. Revere’s Samnang Ros was the first place finisher, setting a new Patriot record on the RHS home course of 16:06. RHS co-opt. Fred O’Connor took third place in a personal best time of 17:03.
The RHS girls soccer team rallied from a 4-2 deficit to earn a 4-4 tie with Malden. Michele DeCuir scored the game-tying goal. Diana DeCristoforo, Dany Chan, and Nicole Mazzone also scored for Revere.
Jennifer Malone, assisted by Katie Maloney, scored the game-tying goal for the RHS field hockey team in a 1-1 deadlock with Malden.
The RHS golf team qualified for the state tourney for the third year in a row with a 54-18 win over Malden.
30 years ago
October 22, 1986
The RHS girls cross country team defeated Chelsea and Somerville to finish with a 6-1 record for the second year in row, equaling the best-ever record for an RHS girls cross-country team.
RhS sports Roundup
RHS football team earns thrilling win over Swampscott in OT
The Revere High football team saw a 14-0 halftime lead evaporate into a 21-14 deficit in the fourth quarter, but came back in gutsy fashion to tie the game in regulation and then win it in overtime for a 29-27 triumph over Swampscott Saturday afternoon at Blocksidge Field.
“This was one of the most exciting games I’ve ever coached,” said veteran RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli. “The team played well, as did Swampscott, but in the end we came through with the clutch plays to bring home the win.”
Prior to the see-saw second half, the Patriots had turned in their best two quarters of football of the season on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Oscar Lopez, who enjoyed a monster game with three touchdowns, 106 yards of offense, and an interception, scored a touchdown on a 10-yard run to cap an 80 yard drive in the first period and then snared a 15-yard TD pass from quarterback Eddie Sullivan in the second period.
Captain Victor Rivera contributed mightily to the RHS offensive production in the opening half, breaking off runs of 25 and 30 yards in the first scoring drive. Victor ended up with 130 yards on 18 carries for the day.
Badr Haou also made a solid contribution to the RHS scoring attack, making good on both PAT kicks to send Revere into the locker room with a 14-0 edge at the intermission.
However, as Cicatelli pointed out, “We knew coming into the game that Swampscott was a good football team. Our defense had been superb, but we felt very fortunate that we had kept them off the scoreboard in the first two quarters.”
Swampscott put some of its own offensive firepower on display to start the second half, taking the opening kickoff and marching the length of the field for a touchdown with a relentless drive that consumed almost the entire third period.
The Big Blue then drilled the ensuing kickoff directly at a Patriot player. The ball bounced off his helmet and Swampscott recovered the onside-kick at midfield, from where they reached pay dirt to even matters at 14-14.
The Patriots moved the ball to the Swampscott 48 on their next possession, where they faced a fourth-and-five with about 6:00 to go. Cicatelli took a gamble, but the Pats came up short, turning the ball over to Swampscott near midfield.
This time the Big Blue needed just four plays to reach the end zone to take their first lead of the day, 21-14.
However, Cicatelli’s crew refused to give up. With 3:40 on the clock and Sullivan at the helm, the Pats embarked on their most clutch drive of the season. Rivera made a big gain off a pass in the flat to bring the ball deep into Swampscott territory, and Sullivan applied the finishing touch with a perfect aerial to Lopez in the corner of the end zone to make it 21-20 with 26 seconds to play.
Cicatelli then took his second gamble of the day when the Pats lined up for a do-or-die two-point attempt to go for the win. “We had the momentum at that point, so I liked our chances of making the two-point conversion,” said the coach.
However, an offsides call set Revere back five yards and Cicatelli opted to go for the PAT, which Haou booted cleanly through the uprights to knot matters at 21-21.
Swampscott made a nice effort at trying to make something happen in the waning seconds, but Lopez stepped up to pick off a Swampscott pass to send the contest into overtime.
Revere started first at the Swampscott 10 and needed four plays to get into the end zone, with captain Anthony DeStefano (who accounted for 80 hard-fought yards on 10 carries on the day) barreling in for the TD. Revere then successfully converted the all-important two-point play (teams are required to go for two in the OT), outsprinting the Swampscott defenders to the edge, for a 29-21 Patriot lead.
Swampscott wasted little time in reaching the Patriot end zone on its possession, scoring on its first play from scrimmage. However, the necessary tying two-point conversion fell short thanks to a superb defensive play by Patriot Gianni Hill, who sacked the Big Blue quarterback to put a final exclamation point on a heart-racing afternoon of football.
“It was a great high school game,” said Cicatelli. “I’m so proud of the way we fought all day and then rallied in the final minutes to tie and then win it in OT.”
The Patriots, who now are 2-4 on the season, but who still most likely will qualify for the football playoffs, next will entertain Salem Friday evening under the lights at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Kickoff is set for the usual 7:00.
RHS girls cross-country defeats Classical, 15-50
The Revere High girls cross country team took the first six places to run away with a 15-50 victory over Lynn Classical last Tuesday on their home course at the Belle Isle Reservation.
Many of the Lady Patriots showed improvement over their previous personal records (PR) on their home course, including seniors Monica Posada and Lani Stevens, sophomores Somaya Laroussi and Olivia Novoselsky, and freshmen Manal Dembri, Salome Gezehagn, and Nawal Khan.
Revere was to compete in its last meet of the regular-season yesterday (Tuesday) at Belle Isle against Salem.
“This should be a close race and the team is looking to continue to show improvement,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott.
Hannah Fitzpatrick – 19:44, first overall
Monica Posada – 20:51, second overall
Leila Cesic – 21:12, third overall
Erika Cheever – 23:16, fourth overall
Lani Stevens – 24:27, fifth overall
Olivia Novoselsky – 24:57, sixth overall
Somaya Laroussi – 29:53, eleventh overall
Salmome Gezehagn – 30:17, twelfth overall
Megan Erwin – 31:15, thirteenth overall
Nawal Khan – 40:14, fourteenth overall
Manal Dembri – 40:37, fifteenth overall
RHS field hockey team fighting hard
Although the Revere High hockey team has dropped its past few games, RHS head coach Erin Parker has received strong play from a number of her Lady Patriots.
“We played Danvers and lost 2-0, but played our best game of the year,” said Parker. “We lost 6-0 to Swampscott with four players out due to illness and had to bring up three JV players who did well. Giulia Cincinnato, a freshman, started in the back field with Sam Woodman being sick. Jenna Wells started at midfield. They stepped up to the challenge. Adejoke Atitebi, a junior back, played very well last week. She intercepted passes and gave us much needed energy. In a 3-0 loss to Saugus, Amy Ly and Victoria Correia played a strong game in the midfield for us.”
Parker and her squad hosted the 23rd annual Alumni Game Sunday. “It was a terrific event,” said Parker. “We had former coaches Pat Kuzdal and Jen Wells present.” The RHS varsity team prevailed over the alumni squad by a score of 4-2.
Parker and her crew were set to play at Gloucester today (Wednesday) and will host Everett Tuesday.