All the blood and sweat poured into practice will eventually take care of the wins.
“We tell our guys all the time, don’t go out trying to win, try to go out and execute and do the things they’re coached to do,” Bettencourt said. “Stay with what you’re taught and just do your job. I think we made some headway with that and are opening their eyes a little. The focus this week has not been just showing them where they’re supposed to be, but why they’re there.”
The opening game was also eye-opening for many of the Peabody players who returned this season with experience under their belt.
Peabody didn’t hold a lead all season last year and its closest game was an 18-point loss to Revere.
Against Lynn English, the Tanners scored first and were within one touchdown late in the game. Turnovers ended up preventing Peabody from winning.
“The kids from last year, I think we were a little thrown back from how well we played, but at the same time I think we feel as if we should have won that game. I feel like we’re happy with our performance in terms of effort and improvement, but we’re still looking to strive forward,” senior captain Cody Wlasuk said.
“We weren’t happy and we weren’t mad, we were kind of neutral. We figured out it was good to see what we need to improve on and that’s something we’ll put toward next week.”
Peabody could have its hands full with Somerville. The Highlanders have solid size and don’t use too many players on both sides of the ball.
Somerville also comes into the game with an 0-1 record after dropping a 28-7 game to Arlington last week.