Football Preview 2017: Colonels’ Revetta leading way as a senior

James Wood's Dominic Revetta runs through a drill during a recent football practice session. Rich Cooley/Daily

WINCHESTER — With a few years of experience on his side, Dominic Revetta is looking to lead the way for James Wood this season.

The James Wood senior has started on both the offensive and defensive lines for the last two years, and said he wants to help the younger players like the older players in the past helped him.

“It helped with the seniors and the juniors looking down on me giving me guidance as a young’un,” Revetta said of his first two seasons. “And I feel like I’ve been passing that down on my teammates. This year I definitely want to lead people, the younger kids, in the right direction when it comes to football, teach them how to be leaders.”

Revetta said he loves playing on both the offensive and defensive lines, and doesn’t have a favorite.

Last year Revetta was a second-team All-Northwestern District selection on the offensive line.

As a freshman Revetta played at fullback before moving to the offensive line. Revetta said it was fun playing at fullback, but he said he loves playing on the offensive line even if they don’t always get as much attention as other positions.

“Our running backs and quarterbacks do appreciate us when we don’t get the appreciation, which helps out,” Revetta said. “We know that they wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for us.”

The 5-foot-11 320-pound Revetta said that you have to have the same mentality on the defensive line as you do on the offensive line.

“When you’re on offense you’re setting things up for the running back,” Revetta said. “On defense you’re trying to set your linebackers up.”

Revetta said that one of the best parts about playing defense is getting to the quarterback and making a sack.

Last year Revetta had four sacks to lead the Colonels.

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” Revetta said. “On the next play it makes you want to go 10 times faster, stronger and harder try to get to him again. Everyone in the crowd is sitting there, no matter who it is, someone hits the quarterback and everybody’s cheering. It’s a good feeling.”

James Wood head coach Ryan Morgan said that Revetta recently ran a 5.3 in the 40-yard dash, and that Revetta’s speed plays a big part in his success on both sides of the ball.

Morgan said Revetta could play both at right guard and center this year for James Wood.

“He’s got some position versatility where we can plug him in at center against teams that have good nose tackles,” Morgan said. “It’s hard for them to get underneath him. And then he can play guard too. He can lock down on nose tackles. And he can get up to linebackers because he’s quick enough. So he can do a lot of different things.”

Revetta said that he’s hoping to play in college next year at Apprentice School in Newport News. He said that he wants to attend the four-year apprenticeship vocational school because he likes to weld.

“I’ve always been fascinated by welding,” Revetta said. “I like to just be able to look at the hard work you put in, and looking like ‘wow, I made this just with blood, sweat and tears.’ My dad he used to do construction and he said it was the same thing. I kind of think that’s where I get it from.”

Despite his success last season, Revetta said that he feels he could do better, and he’s hoping to make this year his best one yet.

The Colonels struggled to a 2-8 record, and Revetta said the team wants to make it back to the playoffs this year. They just missed the playoffs two years ago and made it his freshman season.

“We’re all working 10 times harder now,” Revetta said. “We didn’t like what the outcome of last year was. So we’re ready to step it up. We’re pushing each other non-stop. It’s just amazing — the team work and bonding we’ve gotten.”