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September 27, 2013

Football: Fishermen put loss behind them, look to Beverly

The Gloucester football coaching staff began the week of practice Monday by issuing a challenge to the team.

“We challenged them early in the week,” Gloucester head coach Tony Zerilli said. “We asked them if they want to play like they did two weeks ago (a 43-15 win over Salem) or play like they did last week (a 27-0 loss to Masco). We didn’t have a good week of practice last week and we got to see what we get when that happens. This week has been different, we were upbeat Tuesday and Wednesday and they have worked to correct our mistakes.”

The players and coaches got right to work Monday, picking apart the Masconomet game film and focusing on how to correct last week’s mistakes. According to Zerilli, the team has responded and got right back to work on Tuesday focusing on the week ahead.

“We watched the film, it showed our mistakes and the kids have really been working to correct them,” Zerilli said. “It was the simple things, blocking and tackling, but they came back out on Tuesday and have been great all week. The leadership has been there and so has the effort.”

The Fishermen could not afford to think too deeply about last week’s loss, and frankly they didn’t have time, as another big game awaits when the defending Division 2A Super Bowl champion Beverly Panthers visit New Balance Track and Field at Newell Stadium tonight (7 p.m.) in the Northeastern Conference Large opener for both teams.

To say tonight’s tilt is a big game would be a severe understatement as both teams need to leave Newell Stadium with a win.

The Panthers come into tonight’s matchup with a 1-2 record, picking up their first win last week over North Andover after starting the season with two straight losses. Gloucester also needs to get back in the win column and regain the momentum it gathered in its first two wins.

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