Linebacker Billy Teehan had a pair of sacks for Peabody and Ethan Mercedes had one as the visitors held Revere off the board to open the second half. The Patriots ate up 8:20 of the third quarter on the 13-play drive, however.
“They took so much time off the clock. It seemed like they were eating 30 seconds or more every play,” said Bettencourt.
Raymond hooked up with Andrew McLaughlin for a 44-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter as Peabody made it 17-7. The Tanner defense forced a three-and-out, but Peabody couldn’t move the ball and had to punt. Teehan recovered when Revere muffed it, though, and Peabody was back in business with 5:00 to go.
After Raymond hit Teehan on fourth down to keep the drive alive, Cody Wlasuk rumbled into the end zone from 5-yards out with 3:34 left to get Peabody close at 17-13.
The Tanners didn’t recover the onsides kick, and Silva scored his third TD of the game with 1:51 left to ice it.
“We fought. We fought back from 14-0 down in the Danvers game and we knew we’d fight today,” said Bettencourt. “The first half killed us. We won’t beat anybody if we play like that.”
The loss should end any outside hope Peabody had of qualifying for the Division 1 North playoffs, while Revere is suddenly alive in Division 3 Northeast.
“The kids are on the MIAA Web site, they’re on top of that stuff,” said Cicatelli. “One thing that’s always been true with us is there’s no quit. It doesn’t matter if we’re 0-5 or 0-7, these kids will never lay down.”
The Tanners, who lost sophomore two-way starter Doug Santos to an injury in the first half, turn their attention to Salem (1-5).
“That rivalry dates back to my grandfather. There’s something on the line when Peabody plays Salem, so we have to get geared up and fix what’s wrong,” said Bettencourt. “We’re teaching them how to win, not just games but the little battles. We have to win quarters and then series.”