The Swampscott Big Blue were within 26 yards of the end zone four times during yesterday’s game versus the Revere Patriots. However, the Blue were only able to get six points out of those four possessions, and ended up losing 21-6 in a game that was a lot closer than the scoreboard read.
Brian Santry ran for one touchdown, but that did not outdo the firepower of Revere quarterback Joe Ritchie, who threw for two touchdowns and ran one in as well. Ritchie received great help from his two running backs, Tom Portrait and Andy Resitano, who converted several first downs to keep drives going for the Patriots.
Swampscott’s offense didn’t get out to the start they wanted. On 2nd down of its first drive, a high snap caused Santry to chase the football all the way back to the Swampscott 22-yard-line. The next play almost overcame the damage. Brian Santry threw a pass down the left sideline that wide receiver Robert Serino somehow caught, despite heavy coverage from the Revere secondary. Swampscott was unable to convert on 4th down, but got the ball back pretty quickly.
Led by seniors Serino and David Carrasco, the Blue defense was able to force a quick four-and-out on the Patriots. Santry took over from there. Leading a touchdown drive from their own 30-yard-line, Santry made smart decisions and capped off a 70-yard drive with a QB sneak from the one-yard-line to make it 6-0. The Aidan Brawley PAT was wide right.
After that scoring drive, Swampscott would not affect the scoreboard for the rest of the afternoon. With 4:16 left in the first half, Revere chose the perfect time to use play-action, as it fooled the entire Swampscott defense with a fake handoff to Resitano. Ritchie found Portrait for a 30-yard touchdown pass, which made the game 7-6.
After forcing a punt, Revere threatened to score again before the half. However, Swampscott’s defense stopped Ritchie at the 5-yard-line, tackling him in the backfield with 5 seconds left to go. Revere was not able to get another play off.
Receiving the ball at kickoff, Swampscott marched all the way down to the Revere 7-yard-line. Swampscott could not finish the drive as the Patriot defense was too much for the Blue. A high pass to Serino and a pass to by Ben Faulkner that was broken up by Revere contributed to the turnover on downs at the 10-yard-line.
Revere took advantage of the next drive. Using play action once again, Portrait ran for 40 yards after the short pass from Ritchie. Michael Lan was able to make the big tackle to stop a potential touchdown, but it didn’t slow the Patriots down for too long. A touchdown pass by Ritchie gave Revere a 14-6 lead with 3:18 left in the 3rdquarter.
Swampscott’s next drive reached the Revere 34-yard-line, but did not go any farther. Aaron Cronin was tackled in the backfield for a 2-yard loss on 4th down and inches, giving the ball to Revere. Runs by Resitano and Portrait would lead to a Ritchie run up the right side on 4th and 2 on the Blue 4-yard-line for another Revere touchdown, making it 21-6.
After a huge completion to Robert Serino to the Revere 29-yard-line, Swampscott looked like it had another game-winning drive coming up. Thanks to intense pressure by the Revere defensive line and secondary, that was not the case. Santry was sacked on 2nd down, and the Blue could not recover. Swampscott would end up losing possession on its own 14-yard-line with 1:49 left to go in the game.
Although he received one last chance after a three-and-out by Revere, Santry would end up throwing an interception with nine seconds left . It didn’t matter, as the game was already decided. Revere took a knee to wrap up a difficult victory.