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November 29, 2012

Beverly football notebook: Offseason training has paid off handsomely for Panthers this fall

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According to Salem News records, Beverly High has never in its history faced Natick on the gridiron. (Newton and Nashua, N.H. yes, but not Natick).

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For the first time in its history, Beverly has cracked 4,000 yards rushing as a team; it will take a cumulative total of 4,018 yards into Saturday’s Super Bowl. Their 334.8 per-game average is also an all-time single season high.

Three times the Panthers have cracked 400-plus yards in a game: 405 against Masconomet, a season-high 438 vs. Swampscott and 419 against Burlington. All three were road victories.

Interestingly, the only time they’ve thrown for triple digits came in the season opener against Concord-Carlisle, when the Panthers took to the skies for 146 yards.

Overall they’ve piled up 622 yards passing, with five different players — captains Dave Rollins, Dom Abate and Brendan Flaherty, as well as juniors Nick Manthorne and Jack Morency — having thrown, and completed, at least one pass.

That gives Beverly a grand total of 4,640 yards of offense, or 386.7 yards per game. Again, those are all-time highs in Beverly High football history.

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This is the eighth unbeaten team in Beverly High football history. The 1949 squad, headed up by the Baron of Beverly, Charlie Walsh, considered by many to be the Garden City’s finest, went 9-0-0 and scored 253 points while allowing a mere 20. The 1960 and 1964 clubs, both under the direction of Roy Norden, also went 9-0-0.

The 1908 (8-0-2), 1915 (8-0-1) and 1958 (8-0-1) teams were also unbeaten but had at least one tie, while the powerhouse 1988 team went a perfect 10-0 in the regular season before losing the Division 2 Super Bowl to Dracut, 23-6, at what was then known as Sullivan Stadium in Foxborough.

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Senior linemen Pat Quieroz and Alex Negron, as well as junior trenchmate Jared Paris — three players who aren’t household names and aren’t starters — have all factored into the team’s overall success in more ways than one. Time to give that trio some kudos.

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