The Revere High football team trekked to Topsfield Friday evening to meet Masconomet in hopes of attaining a share of a Division I Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference title.
However, Masco took advantage of early scoring opportunities and then parlayed the combination of a ball control offense and a smothering defense to come away with a 42-0 decision over the Patriots.
“Masco is by far the best team we’ve faced this season,” said RHS head coach Lou Cicatelli of the 8-2 Chieftains who clinched an outright D-1 CAL/NEC crown with the win, and with it a berth in the post season state playoffs. “They’re a very fast team and very methodical. They kept the ball for long drives that kept our offense off the field. I think we had the ball for maybe nine minutes the entire game.”
A hard hit by a Masco defender on the second play of the game forced a Patriot fumble at the Revere 30 and things only went from bad to worse thereafter. The Pats could do nothing right and Masco proved unstoppable en route to scoring four touchdowns to build a 28-0 advantage at the end of the first half.
“We never were able to get on track,” said Cicatelli. “It was just one of those nights where we could not get anything going and the other team didn’t make any mistakes.”
Despite the loss, Cicatelli remained upbeat about his 2012 Patriot squad. “Although the game was disappointing and obviously was not the outcome we’d hoped for, I’m still very proud of this team,” said the coach. “We were playing for a league title in the last league game of the season, and that is something we haven’t seen in Revere football for a long time.’
With the Masco game in the rear mirror, Cicatelli and his crew can concentrate on their contest with traditional Thanksgiving Day rival Winthrop. Although a league title or playoff spot will not be at stake, the Winthrop game will have significance on two levels.
First, as is the case with every ancient rivalry, (think Harvard-Yale, USC-UCLA, etc.), THE game is a season in itself, a second season. No matter what happened before it, a victory in THE game by itself can mark the success of a football campaign.
Second, a victory for the 5-4 Patriots will give them the first winning record for an RHS football team since 1981.
“We always have a lot of incentive to beat Winthrop,” said Cicatelli. “But we also have a chance to finish with a winning record. We scouted Winthrop in their win against Newburyport this weekend and Winthrop is a good team. We’ll be ready to play our best and do something that hasn’t been done here in 31 years.”
Two RHS players named to NEC volleyball all stars
Two members of the Revere High School volleyball team have been named to the Northeastern Conference all-star team. Senior Valentina Lopez was named to the team as an outside hitter and senior Hailey Lauria was named to the team as a setter.
Lopez also was named as one of just six girls to the all-conference team.