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November 29, 2012

St. John's Prep football notebook: Sharrio gives Eagles extra dimension when needed

It’s no secret that St. John’s Prep loves to run the football. The Eagles always have, and since they have arguably the state’s best running back, junior Johnny Thomas, and easily the state’s best No. 2 punch in senior Alex Moore, there’s no reason not to.

Still, as they prepares for their Division 1 Super Bowl match against Brockton Saturday at Bentley University in Waltham (6 p.m.), the Eagles’ passing game deserves a second look.

Senior quarterback Jack Sharrio carries a passer rating of 101.6 into Saturday’s titanic clash, having thrown for 865 yards and 10 touchdowns this fall. The Marblehead native has completed 53 of 89 passes (60 percent) through 11 games.

When the Prep has needed to keep opposing defenses honest this fall, Sharrio has been ready with good reads and accurate throws.

“We have two of the best running backs in the state and we know where our strengths lie,” said senior tight end Anthony Bongiorno, a 6-foot-4 target from Marblehead with two TD receptions this fall. “It’s really nice to have that (passing) option to be balanced when we need to be.”

Sharrio took over as the Eagles’ starting QB early last season when Tommy Gaudet lost his senior season to injury. It was a baptism by fire for Sharrio in 2011, when he threw for 638 yards and three TDs with a respectable passer rating of 80 and four rushing scores.

This season, though, he’s taken his play to an entirely new level.

“I’m 100 percent comfortable. I have a handle on the way I should be approaching things,” said Sharrio. “Even last year before my first start against Central Catholic, I’ve tried to prepare the same way.”

Sharrio is only the third Prep quarterback to toss 10 TDs in a season since Brian St. Pierre set the single season record with 15 in 1997 (the other being Scott Darby’s 11 in 2006).

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