Defensively, Danvers forced five Revere fumbles (with freshman Matt Andreas and sophomore Dan Lynch each recovering one) also also got an interception from Richie Martino.
The winless Patriots (0-4) wouldn’t go away quietly, though. Pounding away behind captains Kaleb Silva (129 yards on 19 carries) and Portrait (114 yards on 20 carries), they stayed in the game as Portrait slashed his way in from 8 yards out with 7:26 to play. The two-point rush was denied, however, by Falcons’ defensive lineman Drew Salvo, keeping the hosts in front (14-12).
Showing resiliency of their own, the Falcons marched right back downfield and got the touchdown back as Valles capped off a 7-play, 63-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge with just 4:31 to go.
“It was about taking it to them and being more physical,” said the 17-year-old Valles, who has 509 yards and a half-dozen rushing touchdowns on the season. “The defense deserves a ton of credit; they stepped up when the offense wasn’t doing it.”
Added Favreau, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Thursday: “We watched a lot of film on Revere — a lot of film — and we knew how physical they were going to be. We had to match that and be even more so.”
Head coach Sean Rogers was pleased after the game, saying the physicality shown by his team was a challenge they accepted and excelled at. It’s one they’ll certainly be facing next Friday night against a big, strong Classical team.
“It’s a matter of us responding not just one or two weeks, but every week to that style of play,” said Rogers. “We want to build off of this win and continue to step up defensively.”