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October 19, 2013

Fumbles, missed opportunities doom Prep in loss to B.C. High

DORCHESTER — Fumbles played a big part in determining the outcome of a key Catholic Conference matchup last night between St. John’s Prep and BC High.

The Prep fumbled the ball away four times, resulting in a 13-7 loss on the road. It could prove costly to St. John’s Prep’s hopes of making the Division 1 North state playoffs.

Missing three key senior offensive linemen who missed the game due to school disclipinary reasons, the visiting Eagles could never click offensively in falling to 4-3 on the season.

“Ball security; you can’t turn the ball over that many times on the road and expect to win,” said Prep coach Jim O’Leary, his team now 2-1 in the league.

“I can’t comment on the players who were missing, but we played with the kids who were here tonight.”

Juniors Neal Farmer and Dan Dewing, along with sophomore James Carnevale, earned starting nods on the offensive line for St. John’s in place of their suspended teammates.

Freshman cornerback Joe Masterson, who was filling in for Matt Kirpas (out with pneumonia) intercepted a pass from B.C. High’s Sean Holleran to set up the Prep touchdown. Quarterback Mike Geaslen scored from a yard out to cap a 40-yard drive.

At halftime the Prep had a 7-0 lead, but were shut out in the second half while B.C. High scored twice, including a touchdown in the final seconds of the game to win.

The first touchdown came after the Prep fumbled and B.C. High recovered near midfield. Holleran, the B.C. High quarterback, took it in himself from a yard out and Jack O’Brien kicked the extra point to tie it up with just under three minutes left in the third quarter.

B.C. High had a huge advantage in time of possession and got its ground game going in the second half. The tired Prep defense, which was on the field most of the second half, couldn’t stop the run.

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