LYNN — Each week the young Peabody football team shows improvement, and while they did some nice things against Lynn English big plays killed them in the 34-0 loss to the Bulldogs at Manning Field.
The Tanners fell to 0-8, but after the game interim coach Matt O’Brien told his players to keep their heads up. While the loss was disappointing, he saw some positive things.
“The effort was definitely there,” said O’Brien. “This was probably our best effort overall, and I saw more tackling out there than I have all year long. We had the right attitude all week long in practice, and were prepared. We had the guys in position to make plays. Unfortunately, they made a couple of big ones that were the difference in the game.”
Peabody’s opening drive started at it’s own 41 after a 25-yard return by Ryan Collins, but it stalled on fourth down at the Bulldogs’ 40. A couple of big defensive plays by the Tanners kept the game scoreless after the first quarter. The first was an interception by sophomore Franz Bain, and the second a terrific goal line stand. On English’s next possession they drove to the Peabody one-yard line where quarterback D. J. Mullen was hit hard and fumbled. Tyler O’Shea recovered in the end zone for the Tanners.
Lynn got on the board with 7:25 left in the first half on a 31-yard run by Isaiah Davis, who had 145 yards rushing on just eight carries. He was one of six English players, who did not start for disciplinary reasons. The Bulldogs had a 14-0 halftime lead after Alex Ortega returned a punt 90 yards, changing directions several times and avoiding tackles. Davis tacked on the two point conversion.
“We made that big goal line stand, but then gave up that long punt return,” said O’Brien. “That was a huge play for them and changed the momentum. Later they had a long run down the sideline that was another killer.”