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Lot Conant "Cony" Peach, Jr. (1919-1922) 

"Cony" Peach played varsity football for Marblehead High School over a period of four years (1919-1922). He was a regular starter at end during his last three seasons. He and fellow inductee Alton Hunson (1920-1922) are generally regarded as the finest pair of ends to ever perform together for MHS. Throughout Peach's years of Marblehead High football, Marblehead was in the North Shore League. In 1919, Peach saw limited varsity service under Coach Ed Pidgeon for Marblehead's 7-3-2 team. Under new coach Ray Pendleton in 1920, Peach achieved regular starting status at left end as the team recorded a 5-2-5 season. He also played halfback a portion of the time that year and in the two subsequent seasons. In 1921, Marblehead went 9-3 and scored 235 points, easily the highest season total recorded to the time. In Peach's senior year, 1922, Marblehead High School had one of its all-time great football teams, posting a 9-0-4 season's record, and sharing the North Shore League championship with Lynn Classical. This was the last of the three seasons Pendleton was the Marblehead High coach. Peach was credited with four touchdowns and 11 points after touchdown during the season. Marblehead's 1922 unbeaten team was held to two scoreless ties in regular season North Shore League games. One of them was in a game with Peabody at Seaside Park. Following that deadlock, the Lynn Item stated, "Lot (Cony) Peach performed in dazzling fashion at left end, his clever and effective work never having been surpassed at Seaside Park." The only score against Marblehead in 1922 was made by Beverly whom Marblehead defeated at Seaside Park 13-7. The Beverly player who scored was thought by Marblehead fans to have been ineligible. This player didn't perform for Beverly in any other game that season. Peach scored a touchdown and dropkicked a conversion point in that game.

 

John Alton Hunson (1920-1922) 

Alton Hunson was a starting regular end for Marblehead High School in 1920, 1921 and 1922 under Coach Raymond Pendleton. He and fellow inductee 'Cony' Peach are generally regarded as the finest pair of ends to ever perform together for MHS. Hunson's two touchdowns in 1920 were both game winners. Against Newburyport he grabbed an opponent's fumble and ran 40 yards for a touchdown in a 13-7 win; and he scored on a 20 yard pass play to lead to a 7-6 victory over Mansfield in the 5-2-5 season. While a fine offensive player, Hunson is best remembered for his outstanding defensive abilities. Unable to play in a post-season 10-7 win over Salem, which climaxed a 9-3-0 season, because of a Thanksgiving Day injury, the December 5, 1921 Lynn Item said of the game, 'Coach Pendleton was unable to present his strongest lineup. as John Hunson could not play because of a broken collar bone, which he sustained in the Swampscott game. Hunson was one of the most valuable performers on the Marblehead High team, and his work at right end all this season has been so good as to cause the Marblehead critics to account this clever athlete the first player on the North Shore League. One of the features of the Marblehead High School's season is the remarkable fact that Hunson's end has not been circled by an opposing player this year, which is believed to be unexampled record in the North Shore League.' Hunson was one of the standouts for the 1922 MHS team which is generally regarded as of the school's all time best, posting a 9-0-4 record. The team scored 160 points, while allowing only a single touchdown in the Beverly game. Marblehead was co-champion of the North Shore League with Lynn Classical in 1922. Following the 0-0 tie with Classical in the post season championship game, the December 11, 1922 Lynn Item stated, 'Although it is true that the magnificent showing of Marblehead High in this big battle is attributable to the efforts of the players as a whole, as a football machine, still Lot Peach and Alton Hunson, the two ends; Capt. Harry Martin, center; and Raymond Mace, left halfback, are entitled to special mention. These boys were in a big game and they played in a big way. Esky Clark, the Harvard center who was seated on the Marblehead bench, enthused particularly over the dazzling work of Hunson and Peach, declaring the playing of this pair of artists to be remarkably fine."

 
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