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October 3, 2013

Football Focus: St. John's offense plans to stay tried, true in face of injuries (with video podcast)

What’s next for St. John’s Prep?

Football fans around the Bay State have been asking that question since the school announced earlier this week that star running back Johnny Thomas would miss the remainder of the season after knee surgery.

The answer, according to St. John’s quarterback Michael Geaslen, is more of the same.

“It’s been the exact same. We won’t change; We know coach O’Leary and the way the Prep has always run the ball, and we’re prepared,” said Geaslen. “The concepts don’t change.”

The Eagles (2-2) visit host Malden Catholic (0-3) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in their first action since Saturday’s Homecoming loss to Everett. Between the attention that comes from a game like that, and the injury to the state’s marquee player Thomas, in some ways St. John’s will be happy to get back on the field.

“There’s mixed emotions. Some people have said how can you win without him. We’re going to miss him, but everybody’s confident that we know what we’re doing,” said Geaslen. “It’s still 11-on-11, low man wins out there.”

It seems like the Eagles have been pounding it between the tackles for as long as the football has been brown, and with a veteran offensive line, there’s no reason to think they can’t continue to grind out first downs.

Junior Cody Harwood, who had a touchdown against Everett last week, will get the majority of the carries and sophomore Dillon Preston may see some touches as well. The senior-laden line, led by Kent Blaeser and Sean Hoey as well as Dom Hooven, Jacob Palmer and Sean Lovett, will look to open holes against a Lancer defense that’s allowing 30 points per game and has beaten St. John’s once in the last 16 meetings.

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