BEVERLY — They needed just a little over 16 minutes to put up a modern day record of 61 points.
The light bulbs on the home side of the Hurd Stadium scoreboard might need to be changed after being used with extreme frequency Saturday afternoon. Beverly High tied a school mark by scoring nine touchdowns as senior captain Isaiah White had four of those to go along with 205 rushing yards in crushing Swampscott, 61-25.
The only other time in its 123-year football history that the Panthers (now 4-3) have scored more points in one game came in 1919, when they pinned a 65-0 loss on Lynn English. It was also far and away the most points the Orange-and-Black have ever hung on Swampscott; last year’s 40 points was their previous best against a Big Blue club.
“Everyone has bought into the fact that we can be really, really good,” said senior captain Zach Duguid, a guard and defensive end. “We came out today and pounded them ... and didn’t stop.”
The Panthers, who finished in a three-way tie atop the Northeastern Conference North standings, now head into the Division 3 North playoff quarterfinals on a three-game winning streak; they’ll face NEC North rival Gloucester Friday night on the road (7 p.m.) at Newell Stadium. The Fishermen defeated Beverly, 18-14, at Newell on Sept. 27.
“What I’m most proud of,” said Beverly head coach Dan Bauer, “is that even when we started slow and didn’t have immediate success, our guys didn’t give in. Instead, we started taking positive steps forward. With new guys in new roles it was going to take time for things to jell — and we have. I still feel like our best football is ahead of us.”
In what may have been its final home game of the season, Beverly’s 11 ballcarriers gained a combined 478 yards on 32 carries Saturday, an absurd average of 14.93 yards per carry. Throw in a 55-yard touchdown pass from Nick Manthorne to fellow senior Sam Mulumba, and that’s 533 yards of total offense for the hosts.