Vikings run wild over Revere, 21-0
The Winthrop Vikings improved their record (3-0) with a 21-0 shut out of the Revere Patriots before a large crowd at Miller Field on Friday night. The Vikings play the NEC south rival Salem tonight (Thursday 7pm) at Miller Field. Salem (0-3) is seeking their first victory under new coach Matt Bouchard. The Witches have lost to Gloucester, Marblehead (4-0) and Lynn Classical (2-11).
The Vikings-Revere game was the first Friday night game played at Miller Field between the two long time rivals. The game was number 83 in a series that started in 1913. “We shut down a very explosive team.
This is the first time since 2006 that we have been (3-0) to start the season ” said Coach Sean Driscoll. Another solid game from Sean Gillis. Sean had 12 tackles in the Swampscott game and 9 against Revere. He is tied with Chris Beaudry with total tackles after 3 games. “Another Solid game from Reise Turransky and Jake Chiudina” praised Coach Driscoll.
The Vikings took the opening kickoff and started a quick drive that opened at their 39-yard line. Jake Chiudina ran around left end for a 32- yard gain on first down. Four plays later Dylan Driscoll ran up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. Chiudina split the up rights for the extra point and a 7-0 Vikings lead.
The Vikings defense shut down Revere standout Kaleb Silva (12 for 56 yards) and the offense wasted little time to get on the scoreboard. Number 10 connected with Jordan Atkins on a 29-yard pass on the sidelines. Dylan connected with Zach Deeb and Chiudina capped the 80-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown. Jake added the extra points 14-0 Vikings. The Patriots were forced to punt on their opening drive in the second half. The key play of the game by the Vikings was on their first possession. Winthrop had a fourth-and-5 on their own 41-yard line.
Dylan ran up the middle and it looked like he was stopped, but with second effort the Winthrop captains kept his legs churning and picked up the crucial first down. “It was Dylan’s decision , he had faith in his offensive line” said a proud Coach Driscoll. Reise Turransky took a hand off from Dylan and turned on the jets for a 50-yard touchdown out racing the Revere secondary. The speedy junior has been a stand out scoring 5 touchdowns in the first three games.
NEC teams in action last week included, Lynn English 41-Saugus 33. Lynn Classical 37-Salem 14. Marblehead 56-Swampscott 35. The Magicians (4-0) and number 6 in the Boston Herald poll and number 8 in the Boston Globe Top 20.
SKIMMING THE SIDELINES
Peabody defeated Danvers 35-19 on Saturday night in Peabody. The Tanners (3-0) are averaging 37 points per game. Danvers (0-3) the defending NEC South Champions have lost to Marblehead, Beverly and Peabody. The Falcons play host to Revere tonight. Danvers has a new coach and a new offense.
The Vikings rank number one in the Division 4 North Power Ratings. Watertown, Lynnfield, Weston and Newburyport are in the top five teams. The Vikings want to win the NEC South title which is an automatic playoff berth. The top 8 teams make the MIAA Playoffs.
The Vikings hit the road for the next 3 games and the champion of the NEC South will emerge from the schedule. The smallest school in the NEC has a habit of outplaying the biggest schools in the conference. Peabody has 2,000 students, Lynn Classical 1800. The Vikings have captured seven NEC titles over the last 30 years. Three Super Bowl titles is matched only by Gloucester.
Danvers had 70 players report for the varsity and JV squad and 22 in the freshman class. Revere has 72 players in their program.
Reise rushed (5 for 85 yards) Jake (7 for 62 yards) Jon Gonzales ( 4 for 31) Jordan Atkins (2 for 10) and Nick Moulaison (3 for 9). Dylan passed (6 for 12, 125 yards) Zach Deeb led the receiving team (2 for 45 yards) Atkins (1-29) Reise (1 for 27) Matt Feely (1 for 15) and Jake (1 for 6) Team Statistics- The Vikings rushed for 212 yards and 125 yards passing.
The team wishes Bob Guidi a speedy recovery in the hospital.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!
Volleyball team defeats Salem
The Winthrop High volleyball team turned in what head coach Christy Scott termed “our best team match of the season” to earn a 3-1 victory over Salem Monday evening.
The Lady Vikings won the first two games, 25-18 and 25-22, but then dropped the third, 25-20. However, they reasserted control of the match in the fourth game to win handily, 25-7.
Freshman setter Lacey Scott served 12 aces and provided 26 assists to her teammates in an outstanding effort. Senior outside hitter Vanessa Dale smacked 12 kills at the Salem side of the court.
Last Thursday the Lady Vikings fell to St. Mary’s of Lynn in four sets. The Lady Vikings, who were missing several players because of illness and injury, dropped the first two games, 25-20 and 25-17. Winthrop came to life in the third game, taking it by a score of 25-6, and appeared poised to turn the match around. However, Winthrop could not sustain its momentum and came out on the short end in the fourth game, 25-22.
Golfers one win way from tourney
The Winthrop High golf team moved within one win of qualifying for the post-season state tournament with a 54-18 triumph over Revere last Wednesday in a match played at the Winthrop Golf Club.
Sean MacDonald, playing at No. 5 for the Vikings, shot the best round of the day, a 37, to earn a 7-2 win over his Revere counterpart. Cody Boudrow, playing at No. 3, was the big winner of the day for Winthrop, defeating his Revere foe, 8.5-.5. WHS captain Mike Rich also provided a big margin for the Winthrop cause, defeating his Patriot rival in the No. 1 slot, 8-1.
Jack Wallace at No. 2 triumphed 7.5-1.5; Harry Floyd topped his Revere counterpart at No. 4, 7-2; Mike St. Jean won at No. 7, 5.5-3.5; and sophomore Patrick Stafford, playing in his first varsity match in the No. 8 slot, handily defeated his Revere foe, 7-2. Brandon MacDonald at No. 6 halved his match, 4.5-4.5.
However, the Vikings did not fare as well in its other two matches this past week, falling to Wakefield in a non-league contest, 41-31, Monday at the Thompson Country Club, and then to Marblehead, 44.5-27.5, Tuesday at Tedesco Country Club.
Sophomore Jack Wallace at No. 2 was the lone double-winner for Winthrop in the two matches. Jack shot the best rounds for Winthrop, 38 against Wakefield and 37 against Marblehead, to claim victories of 6.5-2.5 and 5.5-3.5. Sean MacDonald at No. 5 was the only other victor for the Vikings in the two contests, taking the match against his Wakefield opponent, 5.5-3.5.
“Our performances in both matches, especially against Marblehead, were disappointing,” said WHS head coach Peter Lyons, whose squad now stands at 9-4 after starting the season 8-0. “We’re not playing as well as we did at the beginning of the year. We seem to have hit a mid-season slump and need to refocus in the second half of the season as we approach the tourney.”
The Vikings sought to punch their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney starting yesterday (Wednesday) with a match at Salem. They will host Gloucester today and Newburyport tomorrow on the local links before returning to Tedesco Monday to face Swampscott.
Girls soccer team
falls to Salem, 2-1
The Winthrop High girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to Salem in their only match of the past week.
Sophomore Sara Kfoury gave Winthrop a 1-0 lead late in the opening half when she cleaned up a free kick by Amy Sena, who earned the assist.
However, Salem scored twice after the intermission to claim the victory.
“Both teams had a lot of chances,” said WHS head coach Tracey Martucci. “Poli Tsiotos, our senior captain, came up with some amazing saves in net for us.”
The Lady Vikings, who now stand at 2-6-1 for the season, were set to play at Lynn English today (Thursday).