DANVERS — The Homecoming festivities at St. John’s Prep were spoiled by nemesis Everett Saturday afternoon, who shocked the Eagles by putting three touchdowns on the board before halftime en route to a 35-14 victory.
But the biggest loss for the Eagles came early in the third quarter when the state’s best running back, Maryland-bound Johnathan Thomas, injured his right knee when he was tackled after an 8-yard gain. He was able to walk off the field, but was limping noticeably and did not return to action.
“He was checked out by the doctor and will have an MRI,” said Prep head coach Jim O’Leary after the game. “I’m not a doctor so I don’t know the extent of the injury.”
Thomas, who gained 98 yards on 19 carries in just over two quarters Saturday, is the second member of the Eagles’ backfield to get hurt this season. Senior fullback Greg Kobelski dislocated his shoulder two weeks ago in a win over Central Catholic and is gone for the season. Should Thomas miss any significant time, it would be a huge blow to St. John’s Prep (now 2-2).
Mistakes early on proved costly for St. John’s. After they turned the ball over on downs at the Everett 36-yard line, the visiting Tide drove 64 yards with its newest weapon, Lynn English transfer Isiah Davis, scoring from 16 yards out. Davis barreled in from the 1 three plays after after St. John’s fumbled the kickoff return and Everett recovered.
“This was an amazing welcome for me,” said Davis. “I experienced a brand new team, and they experienced a brand new me. I’ve been practicing with them for two weeks and couldn’t wait for a game.”
O’Leary was not pleased with the way his team played in the early going, digging a hole they couldn’t climb out of.