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Danvers uses passing game to defeat Revere

REVERE ? With the sloppy weather weighing down their offenses, Danvers and Revere seemed to be playing the first half of their duel Friday night underwater.But as the skies cleared up at halftime, it also cleared the way for Danvers’ passing game to take flight.After no passes were completed by either team in the first half, Danvers’ Greg Ladd led his team to victory with his 82 passing yards in the second half, as Danvers came back to beat Revere, 35-8, at Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere. Both teams’ records now stand at 1-2.”He had a phenomenal game,” Danvers coach John Sullivan said, referring to Ladd. Danvers fell behind 8-0 in the first quarter, but scored 35 unanswered points from then on to take the victory.Big plays were the key for Danvers in the second half. Though they had only one play that gained over 10 yards in the first half, the Falcons had five such plays after the break.Trailing 8-6 at halftime, Danvers needed just one snap to take the lead in the third quarter. On the first play from scrimmage, running back Eric Burgos took a handoff 55 yards for a score and a 14-8 lead.On its next possession, Danvers fumbled the ball away at its own 24-yard line, giving Revere the chance the Patriots needed to get back into the contest. On the ensuing play, though, Revere fumbled away the snap and the Falcons took control of the ball once again.Ladd immediately found Colin Cooper for a 24-yard touchdown pass, putting the Falcons up 21-6.”Pretty simply, they outplayed us in every aspect of the game,” Revere coach Lou Cicatelli said. “On a dry field, with the way we played, it could have been even worse.”From that point forward, Danvers dominated the competition. The Falcons scored twice more in the fourth quarter on touchdown rushes from Justin Shairs.Revere managed only 78 total yards in the second half, and 191 total for the game. Offensively, Danvers allotted 282 total yards, with 218 of those coming after halftime.Sullivan said his offensive linemen played an important role in getting the Danvers offense on track in the second half.”You have to look to the offensive line,” Sullivan said. “They really kept those (Revere) guys out of there.”Revere came out strong to begin the game, running the ball and controlling the clock while the rains fell around the two teams. A 12-play, 70-yard drive took almost seven minutes and ended with Trey Weathers scoring the Patriots’ only points of the game on a 25-yard rushing touchdown.Just before halftime, Danvers responded with a long drive of its own. A nine-play, 90-yard drive took five minutes off the clock and ended in a four-yard rushing touchdown by Ladd.Shairs led Danvers with eight carries for 75 yards. Burgos (three for 66) and T.J. Stanley (12 for 43) also performed well on the ground. For Revere, Paul DiPlatzi (19 for 102) did the majority of the heavy lifting, with Quintin Wesley (eight for 40) and Weathers (four for 28) chipping in.Sullivan said his team did not practice any differently during the week, even with the knowledge of the coming weather. He said the Falcons’ first time practicing with a wet football was on the field immediately prior to the game.”They rose to the occasion,” Sullivan said. “They didn’t care about the weather.”

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