Diary: Postseason plans

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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 defeated Creekside 38-17 in the regular season finale last week. Peterman completed 10 of 15 passes for 101 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 58 yards and a TD. Coach Darrell Sutherland's Bears (9-1) take on Ridgeview in an FHSAA Class 6A regional quarterfinal on Friday night at 7:30.

Nathan Peterman

We played Creekside this week and it was a very fun game. Their school split off from ours four years ago and they are only five minutes down the road so there was definitely a little extra motivation in the game.  It was also our last regular season game. 

We came out pretty fired up and played pretty well overall. We ended up winning the game 38-17 and are now headed to the playoffs. I thought it was good to have a game like this as the last game of the season, even though it wasn't a district game and didn't really mean that much, it helped give us momentum going into the playoffs. 

This was also a game of breaking a couple records too. First of all, our running back, Gabe Johnson, rushed for enough yards to get his first 1,000-yard season and the second 1,000-yard season in school history. That was good both for him and our offensive line. And secondly, with this win we finished the regular season at 9-1, which is the best record in school history. 

I wish we could've set an unbreakable one by going 10-0, but I trust that the loss was for a reason.

We are very excited for this upcoming week and the new season we are going into. Playoffs are the best time of the year and we just have to make sure we continue to focus on the details and keep working our hardest to achieve our goal of excellence. We must take every game one week at a time and make sure we don't finish our season until Dec. 16.

Dana Peterman

How exciting to see the Bears finish their regular season 9-1! As I was helping serve the team meal before the game, all the parents lined up and cheered the players out into their team meeting. They seemed surprised, thankful and happy all at the same time. These guys are dear to our hearts and we want to see them propel forward with momentum into the playoffs. It was an awesome game and great fun to see the Bears so charged up!

Nathan played very well and I especially loved seeing him shock everyone by running 35-plus yards up the middle…we thought he was going to score on that one.

Gabe Davis had an incredible kickoff return reverse and ran 91 yards for a touchdown! Nathan and Bobby Walker also connected for a beautiful touchdown. The O-line played an awesome game with no personal fouls and they gave Nathan plenty of time to make decisions.

Defense played tough and made great plays. We're thankful this game ended with no injuries. We're also very proud of Jolen Briggs (DB, No. 3), who was offered by Alabama State this week.

It was a sentimental game because it was our last time to have a regular home game at Bartram Trail. It was also the last time for Chuck and I to work the concession stand before the game…go figure! No more grilling, wrapping burgers and dogs, and cooking French fries!

It's been a fun and memorable season in our lives for sure. This game was special, too, because we had a record crowd attendance of over 3,000 people! It was a good night to be huddled close with blankets shoulder-to-shoulder because the temp dropped to 44 degrees…yes, even in Florida!

After the game, we had a gathering of family and friends, including football players and cheerleaders come over to our house.  Nathan's Gran and Granddaddy bought pizza for everyone and we all had fun watching the game highlights on TV and warming by the fire. It was a grand celebration for the season end and kickoff for the playoffs. We're ready for five more games! Let the first round of playoffs begin.

GO BT…We Believe!!!

Chuck Peterman

Whew! It's been nearly a decade of helping out with the concession stand for three boys. It was a fitting date to plant in the memory bank. Making hot dogs and fries for the last time was a bit surreal! Of course it being the last regular season game was a bit dream-like as well.

I'm still trying to make every moment last as long as possible. I close my eyes and still can picture the guys marching past the grill as if in slow motion. The guys sense the obviously critical and momentous point we've reached and they clearly want to be together off the field more than ever before. Go Bears!

I have a feeling this week is going to go fast as we head toward Thanksgiving and the first playoff game. I'm so thankful to God for so many things. I also was so encouraged and thankful for the fact that Kyle Parker showed up at school to encourage Nathan and maybe spend some time with him this week.

Still impressed with the way Tennessee's staff is handling the adversity of injuries in the middle of such a stringent schedule. We watched the heart-breaking tough loss against Arkansas. We're confident the character development and future will be even brighter because of the strength gained through struggle.


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