PEABODY — The Peabody High football team had a lot of energy in their first game under interim head coach Matt O’Brien last night.
The Tanners also showed that there are still going to be growing pains, as Revere rode its team speed and big plays to a 42-24 win at chilly Coley Lee Field.
Peabody fell to 0-6 for the first time since 2006, though the Tanners did score their most points and had their most rushing yards of the season. Revere (4-1) has now won four of its last five meetings with Peabody and showcased big play ability with all six of their TDs coming on plays of 20-yards or longer.
O’Brien took over the Tanners when Scott Wlasuk resigned on Tuesday. No one was quite sure what to expect from a winless team without its coach, and the Tanners responded with an inspired effort.
“You know a team that loses their coach is going to rise to the occasion, so we knew coming in that this would be a tougher game,” said Revere head coach Lou Cicatelli, now 5-3 against Peabody in 10 years as Patriots coach. “This was a tough week for me, personally, because I’m very close with Scott.”
Bobby Rose gave the Patriots the lead with a 30-yard touchdown run in the first. Peabody sophomore Nick Broughton recovered a fumble to set up junior Cody Wlasuk’s 4-yard TD as Peabody pulled within one at 7-6.
Rose returned the ensuing kickoff 75 yards to put his team back in control. Led by a 38-yard scamper by Wlasuk, Peabody responded again by driving 76 yards on 10 plays capped by Ryan Collins’ 1-yard TD to make it 14-12.
“Its hard to show up when you’re losing, but these kids showed up. The guys were spirited all week and it showed,” said O’Brien.