So don’t worry that the Panthers never led against Haverhill, or that the Hillies’ Ian Kessel ran for 155 yards (on 36 carries!) and three touchdowns. Focus more on the fact that Beverly outgained Haverhill (337 yards to 279), got lots of fresh faces some crucial experience and seem to have the depth and ability for another very successful season in 2013.
“We had a chance to win it on the final play against a good football team that’s going to win a lot of games,” said Bauer. “In spite of our mistakes, we had a chance to win.
“We maybe shouldn’t have been in the game, so that tells me what kind of heart this team has.”
Bauer likes to say Week 2 of any given football season is about the most telling; it shows how much at team can improve (or not) in the span of one week. “If you improve in Week 2, you’ve got it made,” he said.
Beverly visits Danvers Friday night. We’ll find out then.
Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.