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November 26, 2012

Contrasting styles highlight St. John's Prep, Andover playoff match

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“We like to spread it out and have a lot of weapons,” said Perry. “Scarpa has mastered the offense. He’s a smart kid, who is going to play at Elon College. “Heikkinen is his favorite target with 66 receptions for over 1,100 yards. Farnham had a 78-yard reception for a touchdown on Thanksgiving. He’s fast, and when he makes the catch he usually goes to the house.

“We’ve also got a 1,000 yard junior running back in Jack Sylvester, who plays linebacker on defense. We like to use the whole field vertically and horizontally; exploit what we see. Every game is different. I know St. John’s has some very good athletes at the perimeter like we do. It’s going to be a nice challenge for both teams. One young guy, who keys our defense is 6-foot, 305 pound sophomore nose guard Ommel Bonilla. He’s big with quick feet.”

Perry was the offensive coordinator under head coach Rich Cullen at Malden Catholic when his brother James was an outstanding quarterback, who set all kinds of passing records for the Lancers. He went on to star at Brown and is now the offensive coordinator at Princeton.

The Eagles have two of the leading scorers in Division 1 in Alex Moore, who has 15 rushing TD’s, and Johnathan Thomas with 12. Thomas has rushed for over 100 yards in all but one game and has gained over 1,500 yards for the 9-1 Prep.

St. John’s has scored an average 28.2 points per game, and behind an outstanding defense allowed only 8.1 with two shutouts.

“It will be our defense against their offense,” said O’Leary. “We will try to control the line of scrimmage and the clock (10 minute quarters). “Andover is very athletic, and this is the first time we have ever played them. We’re coming off a very physical game, and have a few bumps and bruises but everybody seems pretty healthy.

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