“It was all about confidence,” said Danvers head coach Sean Rogers, whose team had possession of the football (28:50 out of 44 minutes) nearly twice as long as Beverly (15:10). “This week our guys stopped thinking and just played. I saw it in the speed coming off the line and executing their assignments.
“When White scored on that kick return, no one’s heads were down; they were all focused on me, waiting for the next command. We’re always telling the team, ‘Win the next play’, and that’s precisely what they were focused on.”
Danvers then had another huge defensive play with 1:53 to go, stopping Beverly’s Peter Mulumba for a three-yard loss on 4th-and-1 from the hosts’ 37-yard line. Two plays later Alex Valles ripped off a 55-yard run down to the Panther 5, and they ran out the clock from there.
“This team has total confidence in themselves and our players,” said Andreas, “but it all comes from the coaches and the captains. The captains get everyone up, myself included, and the coaches got us all ready to go. The leadership on this team is second to none.”
“For us, we didn’t finish off and sustain,” said Bauer. “It’s clearly not where we want to be after Week 2. We made too many mistakes.”
While Beverly looks to regroup before North Andover comes to Hurd Stadium next Friday night, Danvers has its bye week coming up and wants the good feeling from last night to continue into practice before meeting Peabody in two weeks.
“A game like this,” said Valles, “makes us realize how good we can be when we put it all together.”