The Revere High School football team hung tough for a half, but the multi-dimensional Everett High offense proved too tall a task to contain, as the Crimson Tide defeated the Patriots, 37-11, Friday night at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
Coach Lou Cicatelli’s were looking to spring a major upset in Everett’s first trip to Revere in decades. The two schools were GBL rivals for several years, before Revere moved on to the Northeastern Conference and has since returned to the loop.
Everett has been a perennial Division 1 state title contender and the Tide, led by one of Cicatelli’s close friends, Coach Rob DiLoreto, came to Revere with an undefeated record and an impressive win over Xaverian (5-1) in overtime.
The Revere defensive unit defended well against certain aspects of the Tide’s offense, choosing to double-team Boston College-bound receiver Ish Zamor, for example.
But Everett’s senior running back JC Clerveaux, proved to be an unstoppable force, scoring all five of Everett’s touchdowns and adding a two-point conversion rush.
“Clerveaux’s the real deal,” said Cicatelli. “As I was telling Rob after the game, he’s a really good player. He burnt us on that touchdown (65-yard pass reception). That was the backbreaker.”
Clerveaux, who is 6-feet-1 and 240 pounds, has an offer from Georgetown University.
Cicatelli liked the competitiveness and heart that his team showed against one of the state’s top-ranked football powerhouses.
“I thought it was a good football game, especially the first quarter and the second quarter when we were right in there,” said Cicatelli. “The final result is not the one we wanted, but nonetheless, I thought our kids played hard for four quarters and I thought defensively, we had a good bite on them, they just hit us with some big plays.”
Revere placekicker Wilmer Mejia Rodriguez gave Revere fans some optimism late in the first half when he capped a well-engineered drive by booting a field goal to close the gap to 22-3.
Quarterback Anwar Marbouh later connected with Sami El Asri for a touchdown pass in the second half.
Defensive linemen Max Doucette and Augusto Goncalves again drew praise from Coach Cicatelli.
“Max caused a fumble on a sack of the quarterback and played well, and Augusto was wreaking havoc and he chased down their running backs with touchdown-saving tackles, so both of my captains had excellent games on defense,” said Cicatelli.