July 26, 2014

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Minutemen end long losing streak at Colts’ expense

Ho Hoffman

The Gazette

BATH TWP. — The streak is over for the Revere football program.

The Minutemen routed Cloverleaf 48-36 in Suburban League action Friday to end a 20-game losing streak.

Ironically, the last win for Revere (1-8, 1-5) was Oct. 15, 2010, against Cloverleaf.

“We knew that coming into tonight’s game,” Minutemen coach Phil Heyn said. “We had the game marked on the schedule and were ready for it.”

Revere definitely had more fight than the Colts (3-6, 0-6). That wasn’t to say Cloverleaf didn’t have any fight — it did — but it was not the right kind.

Four Cloverleaf players and one Revere player were ejected near the end of the second quarter. It started when the Minutemen’s Paul Gabel and the Colts’ Ty Zimon got into an altercation during a play. Three Cloverleaf players then came off the bench.

The sequence resulted in 45 yards in penalties, moving Revere to the Colts 19. Two plays later, quarterback Zeck Lehman went those 19 yards to tie the score at 14.

Cloverleaf took the early lead on a pair of touchdown passes from Garrison Flora (17-for-34, 298 yards, 4 TDs) to Devin Cunningham (school records of 11 receptions, 247 yards, 4 TDs), but a 17-yard run by Revere’s Joe D’Amico made it 14-7 midway through the second quarter.

Tyler Beery gave the Colts’ some life when he returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown, but that was all for Cloverleaf until the final quarter.

Led by Lehman (14 carries, 116 yards, 3 TDs), Revere scored 34 unanswered points as Cloverleaf seemed to have no fight left.

“There were a lot of empty rushing lanes for us in the second half,” Lehman said, “Our backs were just busting through holes and a lot of arm tackles. It seemed they had no fight left and we just took advantage of it.”

Revere was able to pound the ball on the ground for 332 yards on 37 carries, which included scoring runs of 8, 17, 19, 19, 22, 62 and 70 yards.

Coming into the night, the Minutemen were averaging 9.8 points.

“That is the way we wanted to play all year — control the ball and use our ground game,” Heyn said. “But we always seemed to shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties or turnovers.”

Speaking of penalties, Cloverleaf was flagged 12 times for 130 yards.

“After that fight, we just lost our composure,” Colts coach Bob Lake said. “That is not the way we play football. It just seemed the steam went right out of our sails when Revere scored the first two touchdowns in the third quarter and we could not come back.”

A bright spot for the Colts was Cunningham, who took over the school record for points in a season (126), besting the 110 of Kurt Gibbs in 1971.

Cunningham also figured in on 311 of Cloverleaf’s 361 total yards from scrimmage, with 64 coming on the ground. He had fourth-quarter scores on 55- and 32-yard touchdown passes from Flora.

Contact Ho Hoffman at sports@medina-gazette.com.

Revere 48, Cloverleaf 38

CLOVERLEAF                           0  21  0  15  —  36

REVERE                                    0  14  21  13  —  48

Second

C — Devin Cunningham 8 pass from Garrison Flora (Noah Berg kick), 10:04.

C — Cunningham 70 pass from Flora (Berg kick), 8:05.

R — Joe D’Amico 17 run ( Clay Malyi kick), 7:26.

R — Zeck Lehman 19 run (Malyi kick), 3:52.

C — Tyler Beery 85 kickoff return (Berg kick), 3:37.

Third

R — Everett McGregor 19 run (Malyi kick), 7:54.

R — Lehman 62 run (Malyi kick), 7:36.

R — D’Amico 22 run (Malyi kick), 3:09.

Fourth

R — Lehman 8 run (kick failed), 10:10.

R — Nathan August 70 run (Malyi kick), 8:34.

C — Cunningham 55 pass from Flora (Berg kick), 7:42.

C — Cunningham 32 pass from Flora (Matt Vespucci pass from Flora), 0:23.