, Salem, MA


October 12, 2012

Turbulent times in Tannertown Peabody finds itself at a critical juncture in the program's proud history

So where, exactly, does the Peabody High football program go from here?

Because if you know the answer, I — and thousands of other people — would love to hear it.

Tonight at Coley Lee Stadium begins Game 1 A.S. — that’s After Scott, as in recently deposed head coach Scott Wlasuk — when the Tanners host Revere in their first NEC/CAL League game.

Officially, Wlasuk resigned three days ago with his team in the midst of an 0-5 season. Reading the tea leaves and having an ear to the gridiron, though, tells us the choice wasn’t Wlasuk’s at all, but that there were others who worked to nudge him out the proverbial door.

So with former assistant Matt O’Brien calling the shots from now until the end of the season, we get a chance to see if the Tanners can turn it around and reverse a trend that’s seen this once-proud football powerhouse outscored by an aggregate score of 224-41 this fall.

I haven’t seen Revere play this season (although I know head coach Lou Ciccatelli always has his team prepared and focused). But I have seen each of the Tanners’ final four opponents — Masconomet, Lynn English, Lynn Classical and Saugus — and quite frankly, I don’t see a “W” emerging from that slate.

Fans, not just in Peabody but across the NEC and North Shore in general, want to see how the Tanners are going to respond from here until Thanksgiving Day. Will they rally around the turmoil that surrounds them, rise above it and exceed expectations over their last five contests? Will they play inspired football, win a few, lose a few and end the season on a solid note? Or will it be more of the same: blowout losses that are often over by halftime?

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