By Matt Noonan
MEDFORD, Mass. – Revere entered Friday’s Greater Boston League (GBL) clash with a simple goal: earn its first conference win.
And that goal was attained, thanks to both an impressive ground game and a solid defensive effort that carried Revere to a 34-6 victory over Medford at Hormel Stadium.
Davi Barreto and Mark Marchese each registered two rushing touchdowns while quarterback Anwar Marbouh capped his team’s scoring with a three-yard keeper late in the final session.
Sure, the Revere (2-1, 1-0 GBL) offense was impressive to watch in all four sessions, but the same could be said for the Patriots’ defense, which provided plenty of challenges for a Medford (1-2, 0-1 GBL) squad that produced 28 points last week in a non-league victory over Cambridge.
Revere’s front four forced Medford quarterback Dominick Terranova out of the pocket on multiple occasions while the secondary was able to contain wide receiver Alvin Legros, who finished the game with a 35-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter to pull the hosts within three scores (27-6).
“Just watching the defense go off … it’s just great,” said Barreto, who located the end zone twice in the first half.
Added Revere coach Lou Cicatelli, “We’ve got a really, really good front four, and we like to bring a lot of pressure and mix up some stunts.”
In addition to recording a few sacks in the second half, the defense also forced a fumble at the end of the game — Augusto Goncalves stripped the ball away from Terranova, which was quickly scooped by Abbas Atoui.
The Patriots’ defense, as well as its offense, too, will be a unit to watch next week when they travel to Lynn English while Medford will look to bounce back against Lynn Classical.