“Their QB is a very good player and we found out our youth at that position,” said Peabody’s Mark Bettencourt, after earning his first win as head coach.
The Tanners extended the lead again when QB Michael Raymond (who completed all six of his passes) hit Ivan Tran with a picturesque fade for a 30-yard score. Somerville needed just two plays to score themselves and the shootout was on at 34-27.
“When you take over a program that’s not having success, sometimes they’re waiting for bad things to happen,” said Bettencourt. “I felt that a bit, but we recovered on offense and took that aura away.”
Peabody fumbled at their own 30 with 2:31 to play, but the visitors took a pair of motion penalties to put themselves in third and long. Huertas fired an incomplete pass to the end zone and was then stopped by Moyeno on fourth.
The Highlanders had one more timeout than Peabody believed, so Raymond actually had to run a play on fourth down. He ran the clock out and fell at his own 1-yard line as the Tanner bench poured onto the field to celebrate.
“We haven’t practiced taking a knee. We’re not cocky enough to think we should be practicing that,” said Bettencourt.
With one win in the books, these Tanners are hoping it’s a play they can get used to calling.
“We want it to be the first of many,” said Crawford. “When things look down, we feel like we can pull it out this year. We feel like we can persevere.”