The Patriots scored the next four TDs of the game to pull away. Portrait (91 yards rushing) juked his way to a 5-yard score and QB Joe Ritchie hit Kyle Gotham for 21-yards out to send Revere into halftime ahead 28-12. Portrait (24 yard run) and Ritchie (37 yard run) scored in the third quarter as Revere built a 42-12 advantage.
“Offensively we played pretty good,” said Cicatelli. “We let a couple of guys loose tonight and we showed a lot of speed. I’m very proud of my guys.”
The Tanners recovered three Revere fumbles but also fumbled it away twice, leading to Ritchie’s last score in the third quarter. Rose’s kick return when Peabody had momentum in the first hurt, too.
“We have to work on our special teams,” said O’Brien. “Turnovers and big plays hurt us. At halftime, we’d run twice as many plays as them but we gave up three long ones that killed us.”
Peabody sophomore Michael Raymond, the area’s leading receiver, moved to quarterback for the Tanners’ final two series. Throwing a beautiful deep spiral, he completed all five of his passes for 122 yards and two TDs, both to sophomore Tanner Moquin. Raymond connected with Collins for a 60-yard pick-up as well.
Peabody also had much more success on the ground than in recent weeks. Sophomore Billy Teehan ran for 71 yards on nine carries and Collins gained 40 on eight rushes, giving him 107 total yards. Wlasuk also picked up 43 yards on 14 carries and threw for 34 yards.
“Our job as coaches is to get these kids to have fun and I think you saw that tonight,” said O’Brien. “They were amped up all night and they made some plays.”
How difficult was it for the coaching staff to prepare for a game with all the upheaval in the middle of the week?
“Stuff like this doesn’t happen. But we didn’t want it to effect the kids. We made it manageable for them,” said O’Brien. “They want to be a part of something and we think we have a good thing going here. This is not where we want to be, but we’re setting the foundation.”