REVERE — Cambridge running back Shaquille Anderson made certain his team wasn’t part of history.
The junior rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries to lead Cambridge to a 34-6 win Saturday, denying the Patriots (5-2) a victory that would have guaranteed a winning season — a feat they haven’t achieved in 31 years.
“We came out with a mentality that we needed to beat this team,” Anderson said. “We were up all week, and even before school we were watching highlight tapes. We came out with the mindset of beating Revere today.”
After Anderson scored a 12-yard touchdown on Cambridge’s first possession, the Falcons (4-4) pounded away at the Patriots’ defense and scored 20 more in the second quarter.
Anderson rushed for another score, and after a shoving match broke out on the kickoff, Revere running back Bobby Rose was ejected.
On Revere’s next possession, Cambridge linebacker Messiah Coleman-Arroyo recovered a fumble on a botched handoff and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown.
Then with just 1:07 to play in the first half, junior quarterback David Maaghul (8 for 14, 111 yards) lofted a high pass to receiver Elijah Scott, who pulled it in for a 15-yard score.
Maaghul connected again with Scott for the 2-point conversion for a 28-0 first-half lead.
“The [first-half lead] was big. The offense was going well, but we squandered an opportunity,” Cambridge coach John Shea said, referring to Maaghul’s interception on Revere’s 15-yard line in the first quarter.
“We got our butts kicked,” Revere coach Lou Cicatelli said. “We showed up maybe for the first couple of minutes, and then never showed up for the rest of the game.
Even in the second half, I was hoping we could say we outplayed them but we didn’t. For whatever reason, we were as flat as pancakes.
“Our offensive line couldn’t block anybody. And it was awful on the other end too. We couldn’t stop [Anderson].”
Revere finally scored its only touchdown on the next drive, a 33-yard pass from Joe Ritchie to wide receiver Kyle Gotham.
Anderson rushed for a 144 yards on 14 carries in the first half, while Cambridge’s defense held the Patriots to 89 yards and three first downs.
The Falcons allowed just 88 yards in the second half, while finishing with a total of 339 yards on offense.