Diary: Peterman Family ever so thankful

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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 Ridgeview 62-10 in a FHSAA Class 6A regional quarterfinal last Friday. Peterman completed 7 of 11 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns. Coach Darrell Sutherland's Bears (10-1) take on Columbia in Lake City on Friday night at 7:30.

Nathan Peterman

This last week was a very fun and new experience. We won our first playoff game in 4 years, and my first one since being a starter. We beat the team pretty handily, 62-10, but it was a real team effort.

Everyone contributed greatly to the game as we had a defensive touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown to add to the offensive scoring. It was a great feeling to finally be on the other side of a playoff game with a win. 

Winning that game also led to a first for our team in four years, finally being able to practice on Thanksgiving Day. It was a great practice and we had our own little Thanksgiving feast as the local grocery store had to get rid of a lot of breakfast food. It was also a really great time to just sit back and take in everything God has blessed us with and be thankful.

I say it a lot but to look back at where I have come from and see where God is leading me now is amazing and I just hope I can give God all the glory through the rich blessings he has shared with me. 

We play Lake City Columbia this week, who just beat St. Augustine (the team we lost to) in the last round of the playoffs.

They have some talented players and have some really good coaches so we know we have our work cut out for us. We are also playing at their stadium which I hear is pretty impressive for high school and is one of those "shut-down-the-town" types of atmospheres.

Our whole team is really looking forward to this game and cannot wait until tomorrow night.

Dana Peterman

So much to be thankful for…

We continue to be so thankful for Nathan's official visit to UT. The Tennessee coaches and staff were so welcoming and we definitely felt very much at home. We feel extremely blessed and excited for Nathan's future with the Vols. January 6 (his first day on campus) will come very soon.

The Bears looked spectacular last week and won their first playoff game against Ridgeview 62-10! After a slow start in the first quarter, the team turned up the turbo and gained increasing momentum with each series. It was a joy to watch them all play. We prayed specifically that God's light would shine on the team and it did!

We are very thankful Nathan has the opportunity to lead this awesome team. God is so good and we are grateful for each one of the players and the talented coaches. In the third quarter, Bobby Walker returned a punt 65 yards for a score (I climbed over three rows of people just to hug his mom on that one).

The starters played one series in the third quarter to the score 55-10 and the second string took us the rest of the way home.

We were all stunned to hear the news that St. Augustine lost in the first round, so surprisingly, we will play Columbia in Lake City this week. This was a shock to all of us as we were looking forward to our second meeting with the Yellow Jackets. However, we trust there is a master plan for the road to state.

I Thess. 5:16 — Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Black Friday is "Black and Blue" Friday for us! Lake City…here we come!!!

Aaron Peterman

As an alumni, former player, and brother, it has been a real joy seeing Nate and his team take charge this season. I haven't been able to be at every game this season due to attending college up north. However, thanks to cell phones and online streaming of practices and games, I don't feel too out of the loop with things. Good news is I was able to attend their first playoff game versus Ridgeview, and will be able to attend round two this week.

It was a little shaky at the beginning as Ridgeview was running an effective Wildcat offense with quarterback Josh Moore. But there is something special about this Bartram team that is similar to the team I played with in 2007 with Kyle Parker, going as far as the state semifinals. They have RELENTLESSNESS. When the ball doesn't bounce their way, they may fall down but they get right back up again — with more steam and vigor than before. They played the rest of the game like that; with the mentality of "expecting to win," it paid off.

I can't fully express how proud I am of the leadership Nate and the other seniors have displayed this season. The games only get tougher from this point forward. I'm very confident Nate's team will be satisfied with the outcome if they focus on playing their best —one play at a time.

It's like John Wooden said, "Make no mistake, I always want to win; but I never fight with an opponent. My fight is within me, it is the struggle to be the best I can be at whatever I do."

Head coach Darrel Sutherland continues to do a great job mentoring this team in this way — not just as great football players but more importantly, as men. That is what's important day to day. Focusing to be all that God has created them to be, individually; and then when eleven of those individuals come together with eyes set on the same goal, something beautiful will happen.

Ephesians 2:10 — For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Chuck Peterman

On this Thanksgiving I too am filled with gratitude to the Lord. I can't add anything to what the other three have shared about the game. It was fun to watch as the horsepower on the team was unleashed in a playoff game.

I've been praying that a story similar to "The Triple Crown" won by Secretariat will be true for this Bartram team. Only time will tell if they can keep breaking out of the gate with the championship stride that was displayed last Friday. I pray in all circumstances with Thanksgiving, for this is God's will in Christ Jesus.

1 Thess. 5:16

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