MALDEN — Only 16 seconds had ticked off the clock before St. John’s Prep was off and running. The Eagles were on the board with the first of their six touchdowns in a 41-0 rout of Malden Catholic at Brother Gilbert Stadium.
Johnathan Thomas caught a pass from Jack Sharrio and raced 45 yards up the right sideline on the first play of the game. It was the first of three touchdowns for Thomas, who added two more on runs of 16 and 3 yards. He rushed for 154 yards on just seven carries, all in the first half to increase his season total to 1,243 with 10 rushing TD’s.
Alex Moore also had a banner night with touchdown runs of eight and 10 yards. He now has 743 yards rushing and a dozen TD’s. St. John’s gained 276 yards on the ground and 82 more in the air in a totally dominating performance. Coach Jim O’Leary went to his bench early and began subbing before halftime.
“We played everybody we brought around 70 kids,” said O’Leary after his team improved to 2-0 in the Catholic Conference and 7-1 overall. “That’s a good thing. We did what we needed to do. Johnny and Alex ran hard, and Sharrio threw the ball well (2-4-82 yards).
The early score had the Eagles off and running.
“It helped to score on the first play of the game, but give Malden Catholic credit. They were the underdog (2-6 overall, 0-4 in the league), but they hit pretty well. The game was close until late in the second quarter. They blitzed, but then we started to run right at them.”
Once again the Eagles offensive line opened up some big holes for the backs to run through, and fullback Greg Kobelski did a nice job blocking.
“A lot of us started on the line last year,” said captain James Fagan, who is the center and only senior on the O line. “We build off each other, and have been improving all season. It’s been a nice change this year after going 4-6. This is definitely fun.”