Nathan Peterman and his parents were among the first who volunteered to share some thoughts about the quarterback's life with our readership. Read below to see what the Peterman's had to say after e and his Bartram Trail (Fla.) High School teammates beat Ponte Vedra 55-26 last week. Peterman completed 18 of 27 passes for 272 yards and four touchdowns as the starters scored on every possession. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder also ran in a score. Bartram Trail hosts Pedro Menendez on Friday night.
Friday, Sept. 9
The Bartram Trail Bears versus the Ponte Vedra Sharks turned out to be a good game.
Rain came in before the game and made everyone huddle close with umbrellas and ponchos but thankfully stopped right at kickoff. Student section was extremely spirited including BT blue, black and silver men who ran the BT flags at every touchdown along with the firing canon.
The Bears came out strong and went to work. The team looked purposeful with many spectacular plays.
Favorite of the night was undoubtedly the series right before halftime. It was affectionately called the "BW" series by the fans in the stands. With 59 seconds left on the clock, Nate hit wide receiver Bobby Walker, who made five guys miss him for an amazing score. We went crazy because of the moves he made, but unfortunately it was called back for a penalty from the other side of the field.
Next play, Nate hit Bobby again in the corner of the end zone from 40 yards out, just to be called back again for a formation penalty.
The Bears were not deterred. After one missed crossing route, Nate passed from 47 yards out to Bobby a third time to end on the 1-yard line, and then Nate was able to rush in for the TD just before the half. Definitely pumped everyone up!
Ponte Vedra Sharks fought hard. BT pulled out the victory 55-26.
Sunday, Sept. 11
So thankful for the entire team and how well they're playing together. I'm especially thankful the Bears understand one of the secrets to great game performance is team chemistry and this is clearly evident in their genuine friendships off the field.
A highlight of the week was having Nate's teammates over to the house Saturday to watch the Tennessee versus Cincinnati game. Love having those guys over and hearing all the laughter ringing in the walls! What awesome young men.
Special "mom" moment…Nathan being asked to sign the large full-color BT Bears team banner displayed by Bono's Restaurant in Fruit Cove today as we were leaving after lunch. So thankful to Bono's for sponsoring the team. Let's go, Bears…the journey continues!
Ponte Vedra gave us a taste of things to come. They came out blitzing a lot to get in Nate's head and tried to put a lick on him even after he got rid of the ball.
Having quick reflexes, being beat up by his older two brothers; being 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and benching 270 helps me feel a lot better about his chances on those hits.
On this stage he can deal some punishment as well ("Be the hammer and not the nail"). Nate won't be 18 until May of next year so I'm excited that he will enroll early on Jan. 6 and Tennessee will likely beef him up some more in the spring. He'll need it against those tackles in the SEC.
Ponte Vedra is a good team and scored a few times. They are expected to win their division. It was good getting our metal tested early. We made a couple costly errors, but better now than later in the season. Overall I was very pleased with the team's performance and what they likely will take away after the film room…a good building block for a successful season.
I really enjoyed having several of Nate's teammates over to the house on Saturday. Watching Saturday football, and dreaming about that stage of play now within arm's reach …WOW…I can't really describe it! It was really exciting to watch the Tennessee versus Cincinnati game and imagine being there. This will be an autumn of logging in many unique memories.
Seeing Tennessee play Cincinnati this weekend was great. They looked very sharp and polished and I'm looking forward to being part of that. Also picturing myself playing in such an awesome environment with such great fans is definitely something to look forward to!
Our game was a very fun one also, as we scored on every drive we had. It was a great way to come out and put everything together from the previous week's practice.
We are really looking forward to adding to this success even more this week and continuing to get better.
Can't wait to get back after it on Monday and prepare for Pedro Menendez High School.