Face Tough Test Friday vs. Classical
The Revere High football team put it all together for the second consecutive week of the young season to cruise to a 24-0 victory over Peabody before a standing room only crowd at Harry Della Russo Stadium this past Friday night.
The Patriots were almost as perfect as the weather for the Friday Night Lights contest. Revere dominated on both sides of the line of scrimmage and excelled on special teams in a triumph over a Tanner squad that had entered the fray fresh off a 52-0 rout of Salem in their season-opener.
However, it soon became apparent that Peabody would be on the receiving end of a shutout in Week 2. After a scoreless first period, Revere snuffed what would prove to be Peabody’s only scoring threat — and only foray over midfield all game — when senior Joe Llanos intercepted a Tanner pass deep inside Revere territory.
With junior quarterback Calvin Boudreau ably asserting control at the helm, the Patriots then went on a long drive. Boudreau softened up the Peabody defense with nice strikes to Jonathan Murphy (four receptions on the night for over 100 yards) and Bill Ginepra (40 yards receiving on the night) for a pair of chunk plays that helped move the ball inside the Peabody 40.
Llanos then brought those among the Patriot fandom who had been smart enough to get to HDR early enough to secure a seat — and who were not among those already standing among the SRO crowd — to their feet with a 32 yard burst through the Tanner defense into the end zone. A successful point-after kick by Rayan Riazi (who once again was perfect with 3-for-3 on PATs and a 42-yard field goal) made it 7-0 at the half.
Revere then took full control after the intermission. Llanos capped a Revere scoring drive with an eight-yard TD run and Riazi split the uprights for his field goal to leave the Pats in the driver’s seat, 17-0, after three quarters.
Llanos then applied the coup de grace early in the fourth period with a 39 yard jaunt to up the count to 24-0. Altogether, Llanos ran for over 150 yards and was a force on defense, making numerous tackles in addition to his INT.
“Joe has been doing it all for us,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli. “In addition to leading our offense, he’s also one of our best tacklers.”
Boudreau finished the night with 120 yards through the air on 11-for-17 passing, with Murphy, Ginepra, Lucas Barbosa, and Zach Furlong (who also had an interception on defense) among his top targets.
However, as much as the Patriot offense shone brightly on the glistening turf at HDR, Cicatelli was especially effusive about his team’s defensive performance.
“We were dominant on defense,” said Cicatelli, whose defensive unit forced three turnovers. “We controlled the line of scrimmage and whenever Peabody tried to go outside, we contained them.”
Capt. Mazer Ali and Augusto Goncalves set the edges, while Ala Atoui, Elijah Nader, and Jaryd Benson dominated in the middle. And if Peabody did get to the next level, linebackers Jonathan Tran, Llano, and Ginepra were there to extinguish any Tanner hopes for a big play.
Cicatelli and his crew now open play in the South Division of the Northeastern Conference when they host Lynn Classical for another edition of Friday Night Lights at HDR this Friday.
Classical enters the contest with a 1-1 record. The Rams knocked off Brockton in their season opener and were ranked in the top 20, but were routed by Danvers — a team that Revere scrimmaged (and defeated) in the pre-season — this past week, 44-22.
“Classical will be a tough challenge,” said Cicatelli. “They always have great speed at the skill positions and once again are a dangerous team.”
Kick-off at what is expected to be another full house at HDR is set for 6:30 p.m.
RHS Field Hockey Defeats Everett, 2-0
The Revere High field hockey team continues to rack up the victories. Last Thursday the Lady Patriots hosted Everett and earned a hard-fought 2-0 win.
Julianna Raffa, with a partial assist from Eve Lescovitz and Crystal Valenti, gave Revere a 1-0 lead.
Katie Donnell then reached the back of the Everett net for her ninth goal of the season with an assist from rookie Skyla Desimone, who has been on fire this season. This was Skyla’s second assist in the past two games.
“Our team played collectively and used the skills we have been working on effectively,” said RHS head coach Briana Scata. “I couldn’t be more proud of how they worked together to hold off Everett and get through their stubborn defense.”
Scata and her crew were set to travel Wakefield this past Monday. They will not play again until Thursday, Oct. 3, when they will make the short trek to Everett.
Volleyball Team Posts Two Wins
The Revere High volleyball enjoyed a successful week, defeating two of its three opponents. The Patriots easily handled Greater Boston League rival Somerville last Monday by a score of 3-1 and dispatched the Academy at Penguin Hall last Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout.
This past Thursday, the Patriots traveled to Bedford and came out on the short end of a 3-1 decision.
“The game with Bedford was the most exciting of the three,” said RHS head coach Lianne Mimmo. “They are a good team in a good league, so it was a great chance for us to compete at a higher level and we did. They raised the standard.”
Among the highlights for the Patriots were the performances of sophomore Gianna Mahoney and David Del Rio.
Gianna, a first year varsity player, served seven aces, while Del Rio, Revere’s setter, accounted for four kills, 10 assists, and three aces. The Patriots had 10 other kills from a variety of hitters.
Mimmo and her squad were scheduled to play at Medford this past Monday and will host Malden today (Wednesday). They will entertain Everett on Friday and will host Saugus next Tuesday.
Boys Cross Country Defeats Everett, 15-50
The Revere High boys cross country made its re-entry into the Greater Boston League with a 15-50 victory over Everett last Wednesday on the Patriots’ new home course behind the high school.
Fabio Tran was the top finisher on the day for Revere, covering the 2.78 mile course in 16:16. Teammate Victor Pelatere was the next Patriot across the line with a clocking of 16:39, followed by Christian Madrid in 16:44, Wil Martinez in 16:54, and James Carpinelli in 17:06.
Carlos Quintanilla ran a fine race in 17:43. Antony Arias was next for the Patriots in 18:11. Freshman Vincent Nichols ran a 20:46, followed by Miguel Leonarte-Garcia and Brayden Shanley, who finished together in 22:04.
Coach Mike Flynn and his crew will travel to Somerville today (Wednesday).
RHS Girls Triumph On New Home Course
The Revere High girls cross country team inaugurated the new RHS cross country course (which is behind the high school and traverses some of the city’s streets) )in fine fashion with a victory over Everett.
Senior Erika Cheever set the course record with her winning time of 20:26. New runners Butayna Amine, Maria Ferreira, and Camila Sposito set personal best paces, running faster than last week.
“Last week they ran a race that was about a mile shorter than this week’s meet, so to run faster over a longer distance is quite impressive,” said RHS head coach Katie Sinnott. “I anticipate more improvement as we move through the season.”
Scoring for Revere in the win in addition to Cheever were junior Soleil Yuong, sophomore Carly Bennett, junior Yulissa Santana Baez, and senior Salome Gezehagn.
Revere 15, Everett 50
1st – Erika Cheever 20:26
2nd – Soleil Yuong 21:12
3rd – Carly Bennett 22:01
5th – Yulissa Santana Baez 25:37
7th – Salome Gezehagn 27:17
8th – Maajda Louaddi 27:56
9th – Nawal Khan 28:22
10th – Camila Sposito 30:09
11th – Butayna Amine 30:09
12th – Maria Ferreira 30:45
13th – Salma Hazimeh 30:55
14th – Keneisha Germain 30:56
15th – Guadalupe Alvarado 41:26
Sinnott and her crew were scheduled to journey to Somerville today (Wednesday).