PEABODY — Before the Masconomet offense had a chance to run a single play last night against Peabody, the Chieftains had already put the game out of reach.
Masconomet used a pair of special teams touchdowns and a safety to jump all over the host Tanners in the first quarter of an eventual 37-6 win.
After a Peabody three-and-out, Corey Tines took the ensuing punt 63 yards for a touchdown, going untouched up the right sideline. After teammate Sean Antonuccio sacked Peabody signal caller Mike Raymond in the end zone for a safety, senior Mike Murphy then broke a 64-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and the Chieftains were ahead, 16-0, before their offense had even taken the field.
Masconomet was playing without its top two running backs in Dylan Mann and Mike Tivinis (Mann also returns punts).
“We worked all week and we didn’t look good on punt return. We were thinking maybe we should go for the block, and then Corey (Tines)
breaks one,” said Masco (5-2) head coach Jim Pugh. “And then Murph, he just wanted it and boy, he took it to the house.”
Mackenzie Cashin touched the ball twice — and both times the junior found paydirt. First, he rumbled his way in from four yards out; then he burst out for an 81-yard dive up the middle, breaking two Tanner tackles before turning on the jets.
Masconomet led 30-0 in the first quarter after kicking off to Peabody as Pugh went with mostly backups for the rest of the game.
The loss leaves Peabody at 0-7 for the first time since 1967. The Tanners have now allowed more points (303) than any other team in
school history with three games still remaining. The previous mark was 298.
“Its tough for these kids,” Peabody interim head coach Matt O’Brien explained. “They got pretty manhandled out there, but they’re going to stay positivem as are the coaches.”