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October 27, 2012

English overwhelms winless Peabody

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The play O’Brien was referring to was an 81-yard touchdown run by Davis down the left sideline with 5:35 left in the third quarter. It came on the first play after the Bulldogs’ defense held the Tanners on fourth down at the Lynn 19-yard line when Mike Raymond’s pass to Angjellos Bido was short of a first down.

That opportunity came after Frank Lowry recovered a fumble on the exchange between quarterback Lucas Harris and Davis at the Lynn 27-yard line. Billy Teehan carried the ball twice, and then Raymond picked up a first down on the keeper at the English 16-yard line. But the drive stalled when Tanner Moquin was hit in the backfield for a loss, Raymond’s pass was incomplete, and then he was sacked to set up the fourth-and-long situation.

“They started blitzing, and we had a hard time picking it up,” said O’Brien. “I thought Raymond made some nice passes under pressure; it’s still a learning process for him. Bain is another young player (sophomore), who is coming along at cornerback. He’s learning and had that big interception. Cody Wlasuk was awesome on defense. He must have had 12 or 15 tackles tonight.”

Raymond completed 6 of 10 passes for 46 yards with one interception on a last second throw to the end zone as the first half ended. Collins was his favorite receiver (3-26), and Teehan had two catches for 15 yards. The Tanners had several punt or kickoff returns of 20 yards or more with Collins, Teehan, and Eric Sanford all doing a good job on returns.

“We’ve got a bye week now, and it comes at a good time because we really need a mental break,” said O’Brien. “It’s been a real grind the last few weeks. We’ve still got two big games remaining (Lynn Classical and Saugus on Thanksgiving). We’ll work hard to fix the things we need to and be ready.”

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