Beverly turned in a fine performance at Sunday’s 7-on-7 football tournament at Endicott College in Beverly, reaching the championship game and finishing second out of better than 20 teams.
The Panthers won their first five games of the afternoon before dropping the title bout to Northeastern Conference rival Lynn Classical, 14-8. Prior to that, the Orange-and-Black defeated Nashua (N.H.) South, Malden Catholic, Xaverian and St. Mark’s School before dispatching fellow unbeaten Tewksbury in the playoff semifinals.
Beverly had a number of standout performers on the day, including Michael Rhodes, Duncan Moreland, Marje Mulumba, Jaichaun Jones, quarterback Danny Morency, Joey Loreti and Owen Keve.
Like Beverly, the players representing Danvers won all four of its games in the opening round by knocking off Xaverian, Malden Catholic, Woburn and Melrose. The Falcons were eventually defeated by Classical in the semifinals.
Peabody also had a strong showing, going 3-1 in pool play but failing to make the playoffs on a tiebreaker.
Alex DeNisco had a strong day at quarterback for the Tanners, while Angel Paulino had some fine catches coming out of the backfield. Additionally, teammates Colby Therrien, Brandon Caniff, Dylan Peluso, Steven Bua and Kyle Maglione were all strong on both sides of the football.
Hamilton-Wenham got some strong performances from Tristan McCarthy and Ryan Monahan for their work offensively, as well as Jack Mulvihill and Costas Savignino on defense.
The tournament was run by the Endicott College football program and its head coach, Paul McGonagle, with Gulls’ players serving as game officials.