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Football Tanners open 2017 season in Somerville

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The Peabody Tanners were a competitive squad last fall. This year they hope to take the next crucial step forward in order to come away with more wins and advance further in the Div. I playoffs. The Tanners finished 5-6 in 2016 but could have had another couple of victories had they been able to hold on to a third quarter lead at Beverly and been able to avoid a few costly mistakes in a close second-round playoff loss to Lincoln-Sudbury.

Head coach Mark Bettencourt is looking to experienced senior returnees Eric DeMayo (fullback, linebacker), Noah Freedman (running back) and Cam Powers (defensive end) to lead the way for a program that is sporting over 80 players this year counting junior varsity. Offensively, the Tanners will be bolstered by junior quarterback Colby Therrien, senior wide receiver Sam Mastromatteo, sophomore wide receiver Dylan Peluso, senior running back Ryan Vinagro and junior tackle Michael Lock. On defense, DeMayo and Powers should get help from senior cornerback Nolan Murphy, defensive tackle Dariel Canela and senior safety Sean Pacheco.

Peabody earned two shutout wins last season: a 7-0 non-conference blanking of Malden and a 28-0 Northeastern Conference (NEC) rout of Lynn Classical. The Tanners ended up 2-3 in NEC play and earned a first-round 35-19 win over Westford Academy in the opening round of the Div. I North playoffs.

Seeking to redeem themselves after last year’s disappointing season-opening loss to Triton at Peabody High’s Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Tanners travel to play Somerville in a non-league battle this Friday at Dilboy Stadium (scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff).

Conference play begins next week, Sept. 15, as Peabody hosts rival Danvers at 7 p.m. The Tanners geared up by hosting a scrimmage game against Andover last week.

By Greg Phipps





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