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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)


“They keep it fairly simple and there’s a lot of blitzing,” Geaslen said of MC. “We’ve been going through our film sessions, studying them, and we’ll be ready for anything.”

The Eagle passing game may be complimentary, but it’s also developing, improving and dangerous. Geaslen, a senior from Andover, has thrown for 403 yards and three touchdowns so far, which puts him among the North Shore’s leaders.

St. John’s is the only area team with three 100-yard receivers: tight end Jake Burt has 11 grabs for 142 yards, outside receiver Logan Mahoney has six for 115 and a score, and slot-man Owen Rockett has 11 catches for 100 yards and one TD.

“We have the two massive outside guys, and then there’s Owen, the quick, speedy guy who gets lost in the middle, lost in the wash so-to-speak,” said Geaslen, who has completed 34-of-65 passes.

Burt, a 6-foot-5 junior with tremendous athleticism, dominated the summer 7-on-7 football scene and is making those same types of catches in full-contact action. Mahoney, a 6-foot-2 senior, has been as impressive.

“He put in so much work, and he knows it’s his turn. He’s one of the smartest guys out there,” Geaslen said of Mahoney. “He’s usually on the backside, on the opposite side of our formations, and that leaves him one-on-one a lot. With his size and power, I’ll take that all day.”

It’s no mistake that Geaslen, who has accepted an offer to play baseball at Division 1 Northeastern next year, is spreading the wealth among his receivers. It keeps defenses honest, especially when they’re putting extra defenders in the box to stuff St. John’s power run game.

“Something I’ve heard is you don’t want to be blind out there, because then when the defenses move the furniture, you’ll bump into it,” said Geaslen. “You have to spread it out so they can’t cover the same guy all the time, and the great thing for me is we have smart receivers who all know the routes and they know how to adjust.”

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