“Those big plays have plagued us all year,” said O’Brien. “It’s young mistakes; small things that lead to big results.”
Randolph threw for 100 yards on just two completions and ran for 57 yards and a score. Henehan intercepted Raymond just before the half to take away any momentum Peabody gained from a 60-yard Billy Teehan kick return as well.
“Teams play 11 in the box against us and we felt like that was the right time to throw it,” said Broderick. “The offensive line gave us plenty of space.”
Saugus scored on its first three possessions of the second half with touchdown runs by Randolph, Ismael Minaya and Ryan Clarke as it built a sizable lead. Peabody went three-and-out the only time it touched the ball in the third quarter and fumbled the kickoff after Saugus’ other score.
“All year we talked about stopping big plays. This week I thought we were capable of doing that — and we couldn’t,” said senior Brian Norwood, one of Peabody’s leading tacklers at linebacker.
Saugus’ Dan Cacciola ran for 88 yards on three carries, and as a team the Sachems outgained Peabody on the ground 319-16.
In all, 15 of the Tanners’ 29 offensive snaps came on the long drive in the second quarter as they were shut out for the third time this season.
“We knew what they were going to do and we couldn’t stop it,” said O’Brien. “We just couldn’t get the ground game going.”
Peabody’s seniors — Norwood, Beado, Frank Lowry, Max Gordon, Jake Summitt, Matt Ward, Pat Coutnie, Jared Vachon, Tyler O’Shea and George Tsonis — won 10 games between their sophomore and junior seasons. Their record regressed in 2012, but O’Brien complimented their efforts to hold the team together during an extremely trying season in which they were outscored, 420-78.