Nauset Football Snaps Streak For Peno’s First Victory

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Football

Nauset's first-year football coach Jesse Peno earned his first win Friday night. BRAD JOYAL FILE PHOTO

The streak is over. The Nauset football team is back in the win column.

The Warriors ended a 10-game losing streak to earn first-year coach Jesse Peno’s first career victory with a 21-14 nonleague win over East Bridgewater on Friday in North Eastham.

It was Nauset’s first win since April 17, 2021, when the team bested Falmouth 20-14 in the penultimate game of the “Fall II” spring football season held that year. The team went 0-9 last season in Bruce Strunk’s final year before Peno took over.

“I’m just so happy for the kids, first and foremost,” said Peno, a 1999 Nauset graduate who was a freshman when the school launched its football program in 1995. “They put so much time and effort in to end a losing streak that was a little less than two years. In the moment, it was more happy for them, but then as I was walking off the field, it’s almost like you come full circle from starting there as a player to getting your first win as a coach — it was really special.”

Peno said it was important for the team to rid itself of the losing streak early after opening the season with a 27-0 loss to Norwell.

“We didn’t want it to build up,” Peno said. “I think that was a little bit of what happened to us in the first game. I think there was a pressure to come out and be perfect right away and I think it kind of got to us a little bit with our inexperience. But the guys, to their credit, rebounded and came around. It was good to get that win out of the way right away.”

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