The Revere High football team achieved something against Malden that was probably unprecedented in the history of the program: pick-6 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, completed the scoring with an 18-yard return from an interception.
In between, the Revere defense was similarly dominant, resulting in a 46-6 win over Malden at the Della Russo Stadium.
Revere (4-1) played a role in the Greater Boston League but is now facing a major challenge: a showdown for the GBL title against the mighty Everett High, top ranked Massachusetts public school team, Friday at 6 p.m. Clock at Della Russo.
There were a number of big games against Malden. Senior Mark Marchese continued his strong run with a touchdown built by Davi Barreto’s 37-yard run. Barreto later scored a 3 yard run in the first quarter.
Anwar Marbough had a quarterback sneaker to increase Revere’s lead to 27-0 in the first quarter.
At the next whistle, Max Doucette forced a fumble, which was restored by Mohammed Amine Laareg. Barreto quickly turned it into a touchdown on a three-yard run for a 34-0 lead in the half. Offensive tackle Joel Vasquez and tight end Augusto Goncalves led Barreto into the end zone.
Sami El Asri took a 40-0 lead in a well-executed 10-yard end-around game. Cassidy then skillfully grabbed a pass that was tipped by a Malden player and brought him into the end zone for the final touchdown.
“I thought our defense set the tone,” said coach Lou Cicatelli. “We had two Pick-6s, Jason Shosho had three sacks and blocked a punt. He’s got a monster game. He also blocked very well on our sweep plays and inside runs. Max Doucette had two sacks; Augusto Goncalves had a sack – we were everywhere.
And now comes Everett (4-0), who is unbeaten and is once again one of the top teams in Massachusetts.
Everett won the showdown last spring against Revere at Everett Memorial Stadium. With this being Everett’s first game at Revere in more than two decades and a title at stake, a huge crowd is expected at Della Russo Stadium. Everett has two of the state’s most prolific talents: wide receiver Ish Zamor, who is a volunteer at Boston College, and running back JC Clerveaux, who has an offer from Georgetown University.
“It’s going to be a tough question,” said Cicatelli. “You are doing a lot of good. For them, it’s easier football – they give the ball to their best players, and they have a lot of them. All of their running backs are a threat to bring them into the house every time. We know what Everett is doing. The problem is, can we stop it? We’ll do our best, I can tell you. “