Revere head football coach Lou Cicatelli and his staff are working with 58 players in preseason practices as the team prepares for its season opener on Friday, Sept. 8 (6:30 p.m.) against Peabody at Harry Della Russo Stadium.
Cicatelli is pleased with the high turnout of players from all four grades (9-12), reaffirming that high school football is still a very popular sport in the city and throughout Massachusetts for that matter. In fact, with the long-range forecast calling for great weather on opening night and the sheer thirst for community-wide events post-Covid, a tremendous crowd (between 1,000-1,500 fans) is expected to be hand for the matchup between the two former GBL rivals Peabody and Revere.
Revere will host Northeast Regional in a scrimmage Friday at 4 p.m.
Rizo, Malki Attoui, Rodriguez are named team captains
Coach Lou Cicatelli has announced that Carlos Rizo, Hakim Malki, Abbas Attoui, and Walter Rodriguez will be the captains for the 2023 season.
Itâ€™s unquestionably a high honor to be named a captain of your high school team in any sport. Congratulations to the four seniors on their new leadership positions.
A win over Burlington in a preseason scrimmage
Revere outscored Burlington (5 touchdowns to 1) in its first scrimmage last Saturday on the Red Devilsâ€™ home field.
Quarterback Carlos Rizo threw three touchdown passes, two to Danny Hou and one to Giovanni Woodard, who also rushed for two touchdowns.
â€œWe had a really good day,â€ said Cicatelli. â€œThe five touchdowns represent one of our highest-scoring preseason outings in recent years.â€
Cicatelli has also announced his coaches for the 2023 season. Longtime assistant Vin Gregorio has returned to the staff. Former Revere star Jose Escobar will join Cicatelli in running the offense. Former RHS standouts Brandon Brito and Oscar Lopez are also assistants while Jared Gordinas is the new offensive line coach.
Felipe Maia returns as Revereâ€™s kicker
Felipe Maia will handle the placekicking and punting responsibilities this season.
â€œFelipe was our kicker last season, and heâ€™s very accurate,â€ said Cicatelli. â€œHeâ€™s consistent from 40 yards on kicks, and as a punter heâ€™s capable of 45-50 yards on average, which is excellent.â€
New football coaches in Everett and CHELSEA
Justin Flores, 31, is the new coach of the Everett High football team. Flores played college football at the University of Maine after playing at Woburn High School and a post-grad year at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. Flores was an assistant coach at Maine for six seasons.
David Roque, a 2013 graduate of Chelsea High where he played football, is the Red Devilsâ€™ new head coach. Chelsea will play an independent schedule this season.