RhS sports Roundup
A tale of two halves for RHS football team
The Revere High football team had everything going its way through the first two quarters of Friday night’s football game at Chelmsford in the opening round of the Division 1A North sectional of the MIAA state football tournament.
The Patriots had dodged a proverbial bullet on the opening kickoff when Chelmsford recovered a Revere fumble at the 15 yard line, but was stymied by a tough-as-nails Patriot defense.
Revere took over on downs and drove to the Chelmsford 40 before turning the ball back to their hosts on downs. However, after the Revere D forced another three-and-out, the Patriot offense got the ball back and marched 70 yards to pay dirt. Captain Anthony DeStefano went over from the one yard line and Badr Haou kicked the extra point for a 7-0 Revere lead.
RHS halfback and captain Victor Rivera keyed the drive with a 30 yard run, but Victor left the game with an injury and never would return, which would prove to be a significant factor for the Pats as the game wore on.
With the Revere defense continuing to dominate their foes, the Patriot offense got the ball back as the half drew to a close and forged into the end zone for their second TD on a 40 yard pass from Eddie Sullivan to Oscar Lopez. With Badr H. splitting the uprights for the PAT, the Pats took a 14-0 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
“Our defense was fantastic in the first half,” noted RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli. “Defensive end Gianni Hill played a great game for us, as did linemates Eddie Ballou and Frank Simms, and our linebackers, led by Oscar Lopez and captain John DeSimone. They simply were superb.”
The Patriots appeared primed to continue their control of the game on both sides of the ball at the start of the second half. After a three-and-out by the Revere defense, the Patriots went on a drive that had all the makings of a game-clinching score.
However, that’s when the proverbial roof fell in on the Pats. After Revere moved the ball to the Chelmsford 35, a Patriot pass was intercepted and returned to the Revere 10 yard line. Four plays later Chelmsford was in the end zone and on the board to slice the Revere lead to 14-6.
The turnover proved to be the proverbial game-changer. The Revere offense, missing one of its key components with Rivera on the sidelines, was held to a three-and-out. Chelmsford got the ball back and promptly drove 60 yards for a TD to draw within 14-12.
The Patriot offense once again was unable to get anything going and Chelmsford got the ball back at its own 30 with eight minutes left in the game. The Revere defense created a third-and-19 situation from the Chelmsford 20, but a well-executed, 40-yard screen pass set the table for the go-ahead score.
“Our defense was getting tired by that point,” said Cicatelli. “Many of our guys go two-ways, whereas Chelmsford had the numbers to platoon its players. Our overall lack of depth hurt us and they simply wore us down.”
The Patriots muffed the ensuing kickoff and started at their own five, eventually punting and giving Chelmsford the ball at the Revere 30. Chelmsford took advantage of the short field and made it a two-score game.
“In addition to our lack of depth, our offense lost the ability to get to the edge without Victor,” said Cicatelli. “That allowed Chelmsford to put on a fierce pass rush that simply proved overwhelming in the final stages of the game.”
Despite the loss, Cicatelli was proud of his team’s effort. “We had won three straight to get into the playoffs and we gave it everything we had against Chelmsford, ” said the coach. “We left it all on the field and that’s all you can ask of your team.”
The Patriots now will compete in the losing side of the playoff bracket and will host Westford Academy, the #4 seed in the D-1A North (Revere was the #6 seed), Friday evening at Harry Della Russo Stadium. Westford dropped its first-round playoff game to Peabody, 35-19.
“We are 3-5, but with three games left, we still have a chance to finish above .500,” said Cicatelli. “That is a goal that we have in our sights and it definitely is something we can accomplish.”
Fitzpatrick paces girls in NEC Meet
The Revere High girls cross country team participated in the Northeastern Conference League Meet Saturday morning at Bradley Palmer State Park in Ipswich.
“Injuries and illness prevented us from fielding a full varsity team, but the girls ran strong, knowing they have worked hard all season,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott. “Even with the on-and-off rain we faced, the girls enjoyed running in the beautiful Bradley Palmer State Park. Monica Posada and Leila Cesic ran faster this year than last, and Hannah Fitzpatrick ran strong, narrowly missing a medal spot by about 30 seconds. Participants in the JV race also put forth their top effort, particularly Nawal Khan, who pushed herself harder than in previous races and ran well.”
The full results for the Lady Patriots are as follows:
Hannah Fitzpatrick — 22:11
Monica Posada — 22:31
Leila Cesic — 23:01
Junior Varsity Participants
Gabrielle O’Brien — 30:27
Salome Gezehagn — 33:45
Nawal Khan — 36:57
Hawa Barry — 41:17
Manal Dembri — 43:09
Sinnott and her crew will participate in the State Coaches Meet at the Wrentham Developmental Center this Saturday.
RHS field hockey team deadlocks with Everett
The Revere High field hockey team tied Everett, 0-0, on Senior Night this past week. The Lady Patriots then fell to Peabody, 2-0, in their final game of the 2016 season.
“Victoria Correia and Sam Woodman played well for us as we tried to move the ball upfield,” said RHS head coach Erin Parker.
“While our record this year was not where we want it to be, the girls improved and our leadership was tremendous,” added Parker. “The program continues to move in the right direction. We have a lot of good athletes on JV this year and I’m excited for next year.”
RHS volleyball team defeats Lynn English
The Revere High volleyball team turned in what head coach Brenna Suslak termed “a really great game” to earn 3-0 shutout victory over Lynn English this past Thursday.
“Meaghan Gotham, Valentina Pepic, and Samantha Myrtil gave us strong hitting and serving,” said Suslak. “Sophomore Emily DiGiulio’s hitting game in the outside position and junior Joice Oliveira’s right side hitting game have both been very consistent and reliable. Sophomore Kiana Napolitano and senior Hailey Poole have been very strong in the back row.
“Two players who recently have been brought up from the junior varsity squad, Amina Ibisevic (a junior setter) and Gabby Rotondo (a sophomore outside hitter) are proving to be great additions to the team,” noted Suslak. “Senior Arielys Garcia has been moved around a lot this year, but has recently been setting and doing very well in that position. As a coach, it is very comforting to have such versatile players who are willing to try new positions and work together for the good of the team.”
Suslak and her crew now are awaiting word of their seedling and first-round parking in the upcoming MIAA state tournament. “We are very excited about the upcoming tournament,” said Suslak.
The Lady Patriots were set to close out their regular season this past Monday against Peabody.
Boys cross-country competes in NEC Meet
The Revere High boys cross country team competed in this past Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Meet that was held at Bradley Palmer State Park.
Although a number of Patriots were unable to make the meet because of a conflict with their Junior ROTC commitments, the contingent who participated in the meet turned in a strong effort.
The top Patriot finisher in the varsity meet was Zack Gentile, who completed the 5K course in a time of 19:21. Also competing in the varsity meet were Jonathan Nushi with a clocking of 22:22 and Bryan Gutierrez in 22:42.
In the JV meet, Revere runners were: James Carpinelli (whom RHS head coach Mike Flynn lauded for having made every practice this season) who came across the line in 24:17; Ryan Sarmanian in 24:22; Fabio Tran in 24:53; David Phan in 25:25; Brendan Christopher (another Patriot who made every practice) in 25:37; and Ahmed Mahtar in 25:55.
Flynn will bring a number of members of his squad to the State Coaches Invitational Meet this Saturday at the Wrentham state training facility.
RHS sports Through the Years
10 years ago
November 1, 2006
After battling well through halftime, trailing by a slim margin of 14-12, the Revere High football team came out on the short end of a 35-12 loss to Danvers Friday evening. Revere successfully executed two fake punts to keep drives alive. RHS quarterback Steve Ennamorati tossed a 15 yard TD pass to Andrew Alves and another TD pass of 14 yards to Jonathan Andino.
The RHS field hockey team wrapped up its season with a 0-0 tie with Malden. The Lady Patriots ended the year with a 1-14-3 record.
The RHS girls soccer team turned in one of the most stunning upsets of the year in the Northeastern Conference, dueling Salem to a 1-1 tie. The Lady Patriots had dropped a 7-0 decision to Salem earlier in the year. Sara Pedicini scored Revere’s goal on a direct kick and the 1-0 lead held up until the final 10 minutes of the game.
Mario Herrera was the top Revere runner at the NEC’s all-league meet, finishing in 31st place in a time of 18:48 on the 3.1 mile course at Bradley Palmer State Park. John Cacaviello finished 32nd in 18:49. On the girls’ side, freshman Colby Hough also finished 31st in a time of 23:33. Sister Tayla Hough was the next Lady Patriot in 42nd place in 23:33.
The RHS boys soccer team pulled off a major upset with a 2-0 win over a Lynn Classical squad that was 9-4-1 coming into the game. Joel Rodriguez and Jorge Ponce scored the Patriot goals. Coach Cesar Salazar’s squad was awarded the team Sportsmanship Trophy at the annual NEC coaches meeting.
20 years ago
October 30, 1996
Senior tailback Marc Silvestri ran for 186 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns to lead the RHS football team to a 27-7 win over Cambridge, which improved the Patriots to 3-3 on the season.
The RHS boys cross country team completed a fine 6-2 season with a 19-41 win over Arlington. Patriot ace runner Samnang Ros topped the field with a time of 16:58, followed by teammates Rong Samrit in 17:35, Guy Kozowyk in 17:48; Fred O’Connor in 18:03; and Rob Charbonnier in 18:22.
Stacey LaQuaglia was honored as the Volunteer of the Year at the annual break-up banquet of the Revere Little League Saturday night.
30 years ago
November 5, 1986
The RHS football team snapped a 10 game winless streak with a 27-6 triumph over Brookline. Junior Mike Hinojosa rushed for 153 yards on 22 carries and scored two touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for 78 yards. RHS quarterback Joe Galvin connected with Geoff Pike for an 80 yard TD pass.
The RHS field hockey team, which has earned more victories this season than any other field hockey squad in RHS history, came up just short in a 1-0 loss to the GBL’s top team, Peabody, which has dropped only one game all season. Merrily Galatis led Revere with 17 steals and senior Stacy Pearl accounted for 16 steals. Sophomore Jennifer Wells led the team in scoring with seven goals on the season.
The RHS girls cross country team narrowly lost to Medford in the GBL all-league meet, while the RHS boys took fourth place. Michele MacDonald was the top Lady Patriot with a fifth place finish in 18:28. Paul Fusco was the top Patriot with a third place finish in 15:04.
Lauren Mcdonald and Debbie Patch scored the goals for the RHS girls soccer team in a 2-2 tie with Masconomet. The Lady Patriot soccer program, which played as a club sport in its first year this season, ended with a 2-4-2 record. Girls soccer will be a varsity sport in 1987.
40 years ago
October 27, 1976
The RHS football team improved to 4-2 with a 25-0 shutout of Medford. Steve Castaldo scored on a 76 yard run and Mike Lentz rumbled 44 yards for a TD. Lentz also hit Mike Lake for a 10-yard TD pass.
Steve McDonald took first place to lead the RHS boys cross country team to a 19-41 win over Somerville. Cliff Lusso, Larry Welch, Dave Catrone, and Gary McCarthy were the next four Revere runners.
50 years ago
November 4, 1966
An injury-riddled Immaculate Conception High football team extended its winning streak to 19 games with a 6-0 triumph over St. Clements of Somerville. Mike Carabba tossed a pass to Roger Stanlake in the final 36 seconds for the winning score.
60 years ago
November 1, 1956
The RHS football team won its fourth game off the season, 14-0 over Rindge Tech of Cambridge. Joe Merullo ran for one TD and tossed a 20 yard pass to Joe Sasso for the other.
The Immaculate Conception High football team routed Our Lady’s of Newton, 32-0, to improve to 4-0 in league play. IC now has scored 88 points and allowed only two points against its league rivals. Al Cassidy scored on a 46 yard pass and on a 10 yard run. Kevin Hegarty scored on a 60 yard run.