The Salem News
---- — No need to wait until Sunday’s Patriots game to experience top-notch football. There’s a mix of passion, joy and desperation in high school football that the pros can’t match on their best day.
Two of the best North Shore teams in recent memory — the 12-0 Beverly High School Panthers and the 10-1 St. John’s Prep Eagles — will take to the field tomorrow in search of Super Bowl glory. Beverly faces off against Natick at 3:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough; St. John’s takes on Brockton at 6 p.m. at Bentley University in Waltham.
Both are tough, classic New England teams with outstanding running backs. St. John’s boasts one of the best in the state in Peabody’s Johnny Thomas, who has faced some of the best teams in the state while amassing 1,742 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Beverly’s Brendan Flaherty, with 24 touchdowns and more than 1,300 rushing yards, is no slouch either.
Both teams are well-coached and disciplined and usually make a strong move in the second half. Both should be easy to root for tomorrow, no matter where you’re from on the North Shore.