The Revere High football team accomplished something against Malden that was likely unprecedented in the program’s history: Pick-6’s in the first and fourth quarters of a game.
Senior defensive back Addison Merida opened the scoring for Revere with a 58-yard return of an interception for a touchdown. Christopher Cassidy, a junior, closed the scoring with an 18-yard return of an interception.
In between, the Revere defense was similarly dominating, leading to a 46-6 victory over Malden at Della Russo Stadium.
Revere (4-1) has been on a roll in the Greater Boston League, but now faces a tall order: a showdown for the GBL title against powerful Everett High, the top-ranked, public-school team in Massachusetts, Friday at 6 p.m. at Della Russo.
There were a series of big plays against Malden. Senior Mark Marchese continued his potent running with a touchdown that was set up by Davi Barreto’s 37-yard run. Barreto scored later in the first quarter on a 3-yard run.
Anwar Marbough had a quarterback sneak to increase Revere’s lead to 27-0 in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Max Doucette forced a fumble that was recovered by Mohammed Amine Laareg. Barreto quickly turned it into a touchdown on a three-yard run for a 34-0 lead at the half. Offensive tackle Joel Vasquez and tight end Augusto Goncalves led the way to the end zone for Barreto.
Sami El Asri scored on a well-executed 10-yard end-around play for a 40-0 advantage. Cassidy then skillfully grabbed a pass that was tipped by a Malden player and took it to the end zone for the final touchdown.
“I thought our defense set the tone,” said Coach Lou Cicatelli. “We had two Pick-6’s, Jason Shosho had three sacks and blocked a punt. He has a monster game. He also blocked really well on our sweep plays and inside runs. Max Doucette had two sacks; Augusto Goncalves had a sack – we were all over the place.
And now comes Everett (4-0), who is undefeated and again one of the top-ranked teams in Massachusetts.
Everett won this past spring’s showdown versus Revere at Everett Memorial Stadium. With this being Everett’s first game in Revere in more than two decades and with a title on the line, a huge crowd is expected at Della Russo Stadium. Everett has two of the state’s most prolific talents in wide receiver Ish Zamor, who has committed to Boston College, and running back JC Clerveaux, who has an offer from Georgetown University.
“It’s going to be a tough one,” said Cicatelli. “They do a lot of good things. It’s simple football on their end – they give the ball to their best players, and they have a lot of them. All their running backs are a threat to take it to the house every time. We know what Everett does. The problem is, can we stop it. We’re going to do our best, I can tell you that.”