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November 26, 2012

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

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“I did see film of their game against Xaverian, but it was so early in the season when Charlie’s team (Xaverian) wasn’t playing well so it’s hard to tell much. In the past when we used to play Chelmsford or Billerica we would see Andover, but the last two years we haven’t. I know they’ll be well prepared, and from top to bottom the Merrimack Valley Conference is highly balanced.”

O’Leary said he won’t make any changes in the scheme, but will go with what got them here which is a strong running game with the occasional pass thrown in. Both Thomas and Moore are always breakaway threats with outstanding speed.

Quarterback Jack Sharrio has thrown for 818 yards and 10 touchdown passes. The leading receiver is Moore with 368 yards on 16 receptions and four TD’s. Gerald Kahari, Lucas Bavaro, Anthony Bongiorno, and Thomas are all targets for Sharrio.

“Our defense played so well and with such emotion on Thanksgiving,” O’Leary said. “We are playing with confidence, and no one has been able to run the ball against us. They’ll try to attack us in the flats with a quick passing game. It’s a little big of mystery for us concerning this opponent.

“Our kids are excited. It’s a nice group of boys, who are honest, outright, and happy kids. They get along great. This is one of those special teams. They remind me of the 1979 (unbeaten Super Bowl champs led by Brian St. Pierre), and the 2001 team (Lost to Everett, 13-7 in the Super Bowl). Maybe this team isn’t quite as talented, but they are the same kind of kids. They play very hard, and I really like this team.”

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