BATH TWP. — The Buckeye football team was hoping its stars would shine on the first night of the season.
Revere, on the other hand, was hoping to get its program back to the level of dominance it had from 1989-2005, when it qualified for the playoffs seven times.
The Minutemen ended up winning 42-21 Friday in a non-league season opener.
The game was full of big plays, and Buckeye didn’t waste any time revealing its glimmer. Two plays in, Trevor Thome took an inside reverse handoff around the right side and scampered 75 yards down the sideline to shock the Minutemen.
“We have some great athletes who can make some big plays on offense,” Buckeye coach Mark Pinzone said. “We made plays all night and just need to work on our consistency.”
Revere tried to dim the Bucks’ shine, as the Minutemen’s stars responded in kind with a solid seven-play drive that included a 39-yard screen to Clayton Langdon to the Buckeye 27-yard line.
That was followed four plays later by a 6-yard TD pass from Chase Costanzo to talented receiver Zach Lalkowski. Buckeye almost came up with a big third-down stop, but Lalkowski was just inches over the goal line.
For the remainder of the first quarter and well into the second, Revere controlled the game at the line of scrimmage. The result was several sustained drives resulting in scores.
Just two plays into the second quarter, Revere struck pay dirt again, as Nick Zimmerman took a sweep around the left side for a 12-yard score that capped a 10-play, 80-yard drive.
Buckeye went three-and-out and Revere took advantage of the short rest. Three minutes later, the Minutemen scored on another Costanzo-to-Lalkowski pass to the corner of the end zone.
“Our kids really played hard,” Revere coach Mike Murphy said. “We have a diverse group of weapons on the field and can mix it up pretty well.”
Down by 14, Buckeye showed no signs of panic. Starting from their own 20, the Bucks squeezed out a first down and struck quickly on a brilliant 69-yard crossing pattern from Nate Polidori to speedy Nate Scott, who outran the Minutemen to the end zone.
The quick strike once again created an unforeseen problem for the Bucks. Their defense was back on the field again with very little rest. It came back to bite them before the half, as Revere put together a sustained drive that ended on a nifty pass-and-run of 51 yards to Zimmerman.
The Bucks tried to tighten the gap before half, but ran out of time.
The halftime rest seemed futile for Buckeye, as Revere put together another seven-play drive, culminating in a 1-yard touchdown run by Clayton Langdon. From that point, Buckeye struggled with key players going down on the turf with leg cramps in the opening-game heat.
“We have a lot of respect for Buckeye’s program,” Murphy said. “Unfortunately, they struggled a little bit with some injuries on defense, so from that standpoint we had a slight advantage.”
The dagger for Buckeye came with 2:48 left in the third quarter, when Polidori sustained a hard hit and coughed up the ball on his own 47. Defensive back Jared Wright scooped up the loose ball and sprinted to the end zone.
In typical Bucks fashion, they didn’t give up and responded with a seven-play drive that ended with a 5-yard quarterback keeper into the end zone by backup Michael Doerge with 7:17 remaining.
The Bucks never saw the ball again, as Revere finished the game with another 12-play drive that ran out the clock.
“I am so proud of our kids,” Pinzone said. “Hats off to Revere. They’re a great team, but our kids never gave up and kept fighting. We saw a lot of good things that we can capitalize on and a few things we can improve upon. We’ll just have to go back to work.”
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Revere 42, Buckeye 21
REVERE 7 21 14 0 — 42
BUCKEYE 7 7 0 7 — 21
B — Trevor Thome 75 run (Brenden McBride kick), 11:32.
R — Zach Lalkowski 6 pass from Chase Costanzo (Brady Tieland kick), 5:14.
R — Nick Zimmerman 12 run (Tieland kick), 11:52.
R — Lalkowski 14 pass from Costanzo, (Tieland kick), 8:50.
B — Nate Scott 69 pass from Nate Polidori (McBride kick), 7:00.
R — Zimmerman 51 pass from Costanzo (Tieland kick), 4:31.
R — Clayton Langdon 1 run (Tieland kick), 9:22.
R — Jared Wright 47 fumble return (Tieland kick), 2:48.
B — Michael Doerge 5 run (McBride kick), 7:17.