There was nothing positive, at least in terms of yardage, that came out of Peabody’s first two drives. But after finding his footing, Raymond settled down nicely at QB; the sophomore even had a 14-yard touchdown run before the end of the first half.
“We lost both our starting fullbacks, so we had to get away from what we wanted to do. We had to spread the ball out and spread the field
and (Raymond) played well,” O’Brien said. “That was his first varsity start (at QB). It was a tough start, but I liked how he finished.”
The Tanner line was giving up jail-break attacks all night, but Raymond was able to buy some time with his legs on a few plays and threw the ball well in spots on a rainy, windy night. Fellow sophomore Ryan Collins (4 rushes, 23 yards) also was impressive in limited carries.
“Peabody will see better days. As I told coach (O’Brien), we’ve all been there on that side of the ledger, too,” noted Pugh. “Hopefully
they’ll get in the weight room and get ‘em healthy. They play hard and with a lot of pride.”
Senior Tyler O’Shea finished with a blocked punt and a sack while Emilio Cantone recovered an onsides kick to start the second half for
Peabody. The Tanners moved the ball better in the second half, but some bad snaps and a few holding calls sputtered some originally promising drives.
When the Masco starters were on the field, though, Peabody couldn’t move the ball at all due to the dominant play from the visitors’ defensive line.
“We were pretty good defensively. We were stronger and again, a lot of that is the weight room and lifting in the offseason,” said Pugh. “It
was a good showing and I’m glad to get our first win in the (NEC/CAL Tier 1).”
Gavin Monagle added a 20-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Masconomet ahead 37-0.