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October 5, 2012

Moving The Chains: Revival of the running backs

Rushing attack back on track on North Shore

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Far and away, the 13 passes attempted by Beverly are the fewest of any of our local teams. Here’s an utterly fascinating stat: five different players have thrown passes for the Panthers — and all of them completed at least one pass. Even more remarkably, they’ve had as many players complete passes as actually catch them.

The passers include QB Dave Rollins (5 for 7, 111 yards, 3 TDs), running backs Brendan Flaherty (1 for 1, 57 yards, TD) and Dom Abate (1 for 1, 6 yards), and QBs Nick Manthorne (1 for 3, 17 yards) and Jack Morency (1 for 1, 11 yards).

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Looking at this weekend’s matchups:

Playing its third-ever night game at Hurd Stadium (with portable lights), unbeaten Beverly looks to expand on its all-time series lead over Peabody tonight. The Orange-and-Black have won three straight in the series, which stands at 31-26-3 in their favor.

The two squads played for 54 straight years beginning in 1920; since the Allman Brothers released their all-time classic ‘Brothers and Sisters’ album in ‘73, the Panthers and Tanners have played just six times: 1991, ‘96, ‘97, 2007, ‘08 and last fall.

Hands down the most crushing loss last season for Marblehead was its 28-26 home setback to Newburyport, in which the Magicians led by 19 points with two minutes to play, yet gave up three touchdowns in the next 98 seconds to incredibly suffer a defeat. It won’t take long to recall that hideous result for the returning Marblehead players when they travel up Route 95 North to face the Clippers at World War II Memorial Stadium tonight.

Bishop Fenwick, which hosts Weston tonight, has not fared well in their meetings the two previous seasons; the Wildcats have held Fenwick to a grand total of six points. That’ll have to change if the Crusaders (4-0) hope to remain unbeaten this fall.

Masconomet finally broke into the win column against Gloucester last year, pinning a 20-15 setback on the Fishermen to snap a streak of five straight setbacks against them. The Chieftains will look to make it two straight tomorrow when the two squads meet at beautiful Hyland Field in Manchester (where Gloucester is playing its home games this season).

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