REVERE — For Peabody, the picture of games at Harry Della Russo Stadium the last 10 years has been ugly.
For Revere, last night’s game was the most beautiful Portrait of the season.
The host Patriots moved senior Tommy Portrait to quarterback and reaped major rewards, as he hooked up with Kaleb Silva for two first half touchdowns to lead Revere to its first win of the season, 23-13, over the flummoxed visitors from Tanner Town.
“We put in a new offense last Sunday,” said Revere Lou Cicatelli, who has led the Patriots (1-5) to wins over Peabody in six of the last seven meetings. “Tommy was one of the best running backs in our division last year, and we couldn’t get him going. We decided to spread it out with a different look and it paid dividends.
“It was good to get the monkey off my back. That thing was getting big. It was suffocating me.”
Revere scored on all three of its first-half possessions to take a commanding 17-0 lead over a Peabody team that was hoping to climb back to .500 but instead dipped to 2-4. The Tanners were playing the run against Portrait (game-high 85 yards on 20 carries), and he made them pay by throwing darts to Silva.
Portrait completed 6-of-10 passes for 100 yards, and helped his team keep drives alive by concerted on 4-of-5 third downs in that dominant first half.
“That was not what we expected,” said Peabody coach Mark Bettencourt. “Give Portrait credit. He threw the ball on the money.”
Peabody couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first half, managing just 38 net yards. Revere rushed up the middle to stuff the run and pressure QB Michael Raymond with great success.
“They have very good tight ends and a good QB, and we wanted to take the short passes away from them,” said Cicatelli. “We got great push up the middle. Our outside linebackers, Norton and Silva, had a ton of tackles. It was a great defensive effort.”