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Belmont’s Peter Graves a defensive force for unbeaten Milton Academy football team

Inside linebacker Matt Morin attempts to stop defensive end Peter Graves during Milton Academy’s football practice Thursday afternoon.
Inside linebacker Matt Morin attempts to stop defensive end Peter Graves during Milton Academy’s football practice Thursday afternoon.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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Lining up at right end, his black helmet and orange face mask camouflaged by the surrounding foliage at Milton Academy, Peter Graves burst through a gap in the line and put a bear hug on the quarterback, his own teammate.

As inside linebacker Matt Morin noted, an opposing QB would not have been as fortunate in a real game.

“We can’t let him do that here [in practice],” said Morin last week.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Graves has emerged as a leader of a defensive unit that has played a pivotal role in a 5-0 start at Milton, which faces fellow unbeaten Governor’s Academy Saturday afternoon. In the last three games, in Independent School League wins over Lawrence Academy (38-20), Roxbury Latin (33-14), and St. Paul’s (51-2), the senior from Belmont has registered eight sacks, a blocked punt, and forced a fumble.

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