But on fourth and 12, quarterback Joe Ritchie hooked up with Kyle Gotham for a 26-yard pass to the English 10, setting up senior Jeff Simbert for a game-winning 25-yard field goal with 35 seconds left.
“I’ve been practicing all week with my team, and the offense gave me a shot to make the field goal, so I just did it,” Simbert said.
Simbert, who moved to Revere from France a year ago, loved soccer and asked Cicatelli if he could kick.
“He just wanted to kick, and I never let him go,” Cicatelli said. “It’s hard finding kids to kick.”
Ritchie (six rushing touchdowns, five passing), Gotham (three touchdowns), and running backs Tommy Portrait eight touchdowns) and Bobby Rose (three touchdowns) power the Patriots offense.
“We have so many good players, that if one of us is having an off game another can fill in,” Gotham said. “If you shut one kid down, you have the other that will do good.”
Revere will be without linebacker Comlan Ajindah (foot surgery) the rest of the way, while cornerback Nick Carini (torn meniscus) may or may not return.
Offensive guard Marvin Rios , who broke his hand against Lynn English, is also out.
“We’ve had so many injuries, but we just find a way to keep [winning],” Cicatelli said. “We’ve found a way to get younger guys to keep stepping up, and that’s been the difference.”
Cicatelli is excited to have a coaching staff of former players, including offensive coordinator Jose Escobar , a 2005 graduate who rushed for more than 2,800 yards, and line coach Manny Velez , who graduated in 2009 and tallied 15 sacks in his final two seasons.
“I’ve been waiting for this forever,” Cicatelli said. “And I’m very proud of those guys.”
Here and there
Burlington (6-1) hammered Wakefield (6-1) 33-6 Friday, snapping the Warriors’ six-game win streak. The Raiders are now 2-0 in conference play, tied with Stoneham (7-0, 2-0) for the Middlesex Freedom lead. . . .
With Central Catholic trailing 21-14 going into the fourth quarter, backs D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie and Santino Brancato both scored touchdowns to lead the Raiders to a 28-21 win over Chelmsford. . . . North Shore (5-2) scored 54 points in the first half Saturday en route to a 60-0 win over Mystic Valley Charter of Malden.
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