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November 3, 2012

Thomas, St. John's Prep handle Malden Catholic

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The Eagles had a 28-0 halftime cushion, scoring twice in less than two minutes late in the second quarter. They drove 91-yards in just five plays behind the running of Thomas and Moore. The Prep defense dug in to force a three-and-out, and two plays later St. John’s was in the end zone again. Thomas broke loose for a 52-yard scamper before being hauled down at the MC three-yard line. On the next play he capped the drive, and Stephen Camarro made all five extra point kicks he attempted.

The final touchdown run was a 25-yard run up the middle by freshman Ian Kessel for his second TD of the year. Defensively St. John’s totally dominated led by Lucas Bavaro, Sean Smerczynski, Corey Jean-Jacques, Tucker Mathers, Chris Newton, and R. J. Pizzano, who all swarmed Lancer running backs and quarterback Anthony Finocchiaro. Malden Catholic gained only 31 yards on the ground.

“They couldn’t handle Jean-Jacques (5’11”, 286 pounds) in the middle of the line,” said O’Leary. “We adjusted well to their unbalanced and wildcat and did that on the fly. It was nice to see our young freshman (Kessel) score. Penalties again were a problem, and that will bite us sometime. It comes from aggressive play, but we’ve got to avoid ones like the personal foul we were called for.

Next week is Senior Day at St. John’s when BC High comes to Cronin Stadium for the final home game.

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