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Revere 24, Firestone 0- The Day After

By admin Published: August 23, 2008

* MORGAN'S MVP: Revere junior running back John Battaglia earned the game ball. He's about 5-9, 175 pounds but he runs much bigger. Against Firestone, Battaglia rushed for 179 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries. That's right...39 carries!!!!

I decided to look at the boxscores that we received and printed in Saturday morning's paper (there were 28 boxscores, 56 teams in the edition I received at home) and wanted to see how Battaglia's individual rushing carries stacked up with some of the team's total rushes. Well, if I counted correctly, Battaglia outrushed 39 other teams. He tied with St. Thomas Aquinas and Walsh Jesuit.

* OTHER MVP CANDIDATES: I have to say that the entire Revere defense earned special consideration. This group, led by Dan Steinkerchner, Dave Flegal, Donald Day, Claudio Manera, Tim Bihun and Mike Monte, never let Firestone put together any type of sustainable drives and didn't give up the big plays. Also, Revere coach Terry Cistone raved about the way fullback Andrew Anacki sacrificed his body blocking for Battaglia.

* GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP: I though it was very classy on the part of one of Revere's assistant coaches to praise Firestone even after the Falcons struggled. While inside the Minutemen's lockeroom long after the game, the assistant coach told me that Firestone is still a solid team and will come around. ``Don't be fooled. They are going to win games,'' he said.



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