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December 1, 2012

Prep's Fagan holds down offensive line

On every football team there’s a handful of guys whose names you don’t often hear. They don’t have the stats of a running back or the notoriety of a quarterback, but without the consistency of the linemen a team wouldn’t be able to function.

St. John’s Prep center James Fagan has more than earned his day in the spotlight. Today’s Super Bowl matchup against Brockton is the perfect opportunity for Fagan to showcase his talents in his final high school football game of his career.

The Eagles, in their second Super Bowl appearance since 2010, haven’t taken home the hardware since 1997 and with the way this team is structured, this could most definitely be the year they do so.

“Everybody knew that last year was a rebuilding year,” Fagan said of the Prep’s 4-6 record. “After we walked of the field on Thanksgiving last year we said we weren’t stopping until we got a state championship. Obviously winning the Catholic Conference was great, but we’re not satisfied unless we get a win today.

“It’s all we’ve been thinking about since Tuesday. I’ve had complete tunnel vision, it’s been the only thing on my mind.”

One of four captains this year, Fagan earned CC all-star honors for the second season in a row. The two-year varsity starter came up through the Lynnfield Youth Football system and progressed as a tight end through freshman and sophomore year, but made the switch over to lineman the summer of his junior season.

Fagan realized that tight end positions on the varsity at the time were already taken, so he worked out in the weight room and put on 40 pounds and stepped in as the starting center for head coach Jim O’Leary.

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