ESPNBoston.com and its high school sports staff today announce the awarding of Nick Peabody, senior quarterback at Barnstable High School, as its Offensive Player of the Year.
The award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff and correspondents, as well as analysts from Scouts Inc. Peabody was presented with a jersey yesterday afternoon in the school's gymnasium, by ESPN Boston High Schools editors Brendan Hall and Scott Barboza.
This is the second year ESPNBoston.com has given out the award. Last season, Catholic Memorial athlete Armani Reeves took home the inaugural award.
In an historic 2012 season, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder led the Red Raiders to one of their best campaigns in over a decade, holding the No. 1 ranking in ESPNBoston.com's statewide poll for seven consecutive weeks, winning the Old Colony League outright for the second straight year, and making their first appearance in an MIAA Super Bowl since 1999.
Back in Week 4 of the season, Peabody led his team into Everett Memorial Stadium and snapped the then-No. 1 Crimson Tide's 28-game win streak, in double overtime, for the Tide's first loss at home since 2008. In the rematch on Dec. 1 in the Div. 1A Super Bowl, at Gillette Stadium Peabody threw for three touchdowns in a 20-19 loss considered one of the best finishes ever of an MIAA Super Bowl at the stadium.
Earlier this month, Peabody was named to ESPN Boston's third annual MIAA All-State Team. For the 2012 season, he threw for 2,627 yards and 34 touchdowns, while also carrying the ball 73 times for 366 yards and seven more scores. He will continue his career next fall at Princeton.
Check back with us early next week, as we present our final two awards of the high school football season, Defensive Player of the Year and Lineman of the Year.