All together, Classical scored 26 points in 8:17 of game time between the second and third quarters to turn a relatively close two-score game into a one-sided affair.
Classical’s tight, double-wing offense is an oiled machine. Peabody thought they were prepared to stop it, but the Rams’ speed on the offensive line made sure that Tanner defenders in the right spots were still blocked.
“Their offense is bread and butter. They run it with such precision, you’re either going to figure it out or you’re not,” said Bettencourt. “Obviously, we weren’t able to.”
Rams’ QB Jordan Brown also killed the visitors, rushing for 48 yards on just three carries and throwing a 49-yard TD pass early in the third to Romario Louden.
“Give them credit; they showed us some things we didn’t see on film,” Bettencourt said. “They blocked the ends we had on the quarterback, and our backup plan wasn’t there because they had other responsibilities. They threw some wrinkles at us.”
Peabody quarterback Mike Raymond threw for 121 yards and completed all six of his passes in the first half. Sophomore Doug Santos ran for 23 yards on six carries and Cody Wlasuk rushed for 15 on five jaunts, but all together Peabody wasn’t able to mount sustained drives.
Raymond hooked up with Jabari Clarke twice for 58 yards, completed one pass to Billy Teehan for 29 and hit Tanner Moquin three times. The biggest miscues for Peabody offensively were their failure to convert on 4th down late in the half and a pair of turnovers in the second half.
“We’re not finishing drives and that’s becoming something we have to deal with as a coaching staff,” said Bettencourt. “We have some work to do.”
Devon Crayton also had a rushing TD for Classical. Peabody youngsters Cam Cordano (23 yards) and Ugonna Okanawa (20 yards) ran well in the fourth quarter.