By Bill Stewart
The once mighty Tanners have reached a low point and rather than Tanners have become the tanned. In the MIAA Division 1A, CAL/NEC (Division 1) they lurk in last place with a 0 and 9 record. The latest flogging was at the hands of Lynn Classical, a 40 to 7 shellacking at home. Peabody averages about 8 points per game and has given up about 42 per game. In scoring they are 266 total points behind their 9 opponents in their games. They opened at Salem and were toppled 38 to 8. They travelled to Danvers and a not so hot Falcon squad tore the Tanners hide off 61 to 12. A home battle with Haverhill Hillies was 41 to 14, and a weak Gloucester squad humbled them 35 to 7. Back on the road Beverly showed no mercy with a 49 to 0 shutout. At home again they played their best game of the season in losing to Revere 42 to 24, then eviscerated by Masconomet 37 to 6. At Manning Field to face the Lynn English Bulldogs they were swamped 34 to nothing. Finally at home again hosting a revengeful Lynn Classical they suffered a 40 to 7 embarrassment.
Our Sachems on the other hand have had a good but nor illustrious season. Opening at home against a playoff team, North Reading Saugus came up dry losing 27 to 10. Travelling down 128 to face Manchester /Essex our heroes started a four game win streak, 31 to 12. At home to Stackpole Field, they defeated Austin Prep 38 to 16, Danvers 24 to 14, and Georgetown 35 to 14. Going south to Winthrop they faced a determined Vikings squad that snatched victory from defeat be blocking a kick and racing 95 yards for the score in overtime, Saugus losing 13 to 7. The Newburyport Clippers came to Saugus still with playoff hopes and outlasted our Sachems 29 to 14. At Pentucket the streak continued with a loss of 28 to 26. Then at home hosting the Amesbury Indians we were beaten by a team with playoff potential by the score of 29 to 19. The tenth game of the season was again on the road and the Sachems dominated the first half to build up a substantial lead only to have the Regional School fight back in the second half and the Sachems held on to a 35 to 27 victory. Saugus is therefore 5 and 5 overall, with a plus 38 points differential over the course of the season. They average 23 points per game while giving up 19 on average. The Sachems have a great chance to receive revenge for past humiliations from the Peabody Tanners, especially at Peabody through the years.
The prediction ratio is 49 correct and 19 wrong heading into the final week of league games, playoffs to come for Masconomet, Beverly, Amesbury, North Reading, Saint Mary’s and Saint John’s Prep if they beat Xaverian on the road.
St. Mary’s to subdue Lynn Tech on the 21st. On the holiday, Lynn English to handle Lynn Classical, Marblehead to swamp the Big Blue, Saugus to take Peabody, Revere to defeat Winthrop, Bishop Fenwick over Austin Prep, St. John’s vanquishing Xaverian, Beverly to squash Salem, Gloucester over Danvers, and North Reading to topple Lynnfield.
I await the high school playoffs, the Patriots and all Boston University battles in hockey and basketball. I have tickets for the BC/BU hockey battle at the end of the month and anticipate a Terrier victory.