Diary: Senior Night

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A few of the Tennessee football commitments have agreed to work alongside InsideTennessee.com to diary their senior seasons and final year of high school.

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 family had to say after Bartram Trail (Fla.) High School beat Stanton 64-7 last week. Peterman completed 9 of 10 passes for 140 yards and four touchdowns (1, 8, 35, 11) — all to different players. Coach Darrell Sutherland's Bears (7-0) head to St. Augustine on Friday night.

Chuck Peterman

The game last Friday was unfortunately the expected lopsided victory. Nate was pulled out in the middle of the second quarter because we were so far ahead. He had four TD passes and would have had another, but we fumbled after the catch 1 yard before the score.

The Stanton defense picked the ball up and ran 40 yards until Nate tackled him. Fortunately he used to be a linebacker! The other team had big players, just not big organizational preparation. 

It was Senior night. Already?! This was the last time to walk down the runway with one of our boys. Wow! Parenting is not for the faint of heart… so much emotion… so much of the time! Another chapter is soon to close making room for yet another horizon … a Rocky Top one.   

Dana Peterman

This was an incredible week!

Nate received a surprise at practice Tuesday afternoon. First Coast News came and presented him with the "Athlete of the Week" award. They interviewed Nate and laughed with him about how the O-line has kept him off the ground so well this season. 

It's been a great season so far and we know how important each player is to the success of the team. After Friday's game, the Bears are celebrating victory No. 7! We are proud of all of them and cheering them on for the district and state Championships!

GO BEARS…we believe in you!!!

We had family from Tennessee, Mississippi and Pennsylvania visiting for the game Friday night. How exciting to spend time with them and share all these special moments. "Senior Night" was full of joy as Chuck and I walked down the track with Nathan when his name was called over the speaker.

Can our youngest son now really be this 6-foot-2 strong athlete preparing to go to college in less than three months?!? God is so good. We are so thankful.  

Nathan Peterman

This game was kind of a hard one to prepare for. We are playing our biggest rival next week in a game that will probably decide who the district champions will be, so unfortunately, it was a little tough not to overlook this below average team.

We came out and played well though, despite the seeming "distraction" of looking into the next week.

The Atlantic Coast game two weeks ago and the St. Augustine game coming up this week are viewed to be our toughest games in the regular season. We are definitely looking forward to this Friday, especially with a district championship on the line this upcoming week. We are very excited!

It was also crazy to think that this game was senior night. As I have said before, this season definitely seems to be going very quickly. 

As every high school senior nostalgically looks back on the past three and a half years, I did my share of that Friday night. To think that just three years ago I was dressed out for our team's last varsity game and looked over proudly as my older brother walked down the track with my parents was definitely eye-opening. It made me think of how much I looked up to him and wondered how it would be when I was a senior and I walked down the track on senior night. 

Would I be going on to play college football? Would I know where I was going by then? What significance would I have made on the program? 

While two of my questions have been answered, I am still searching for the answer to the last one. I hope to bring Bartram back to its district championship winning years and also mark out uncharted territory in a state championship …

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." 

1 Corinthians 9:24

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