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November 29, 2012

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

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His favorite receiver has been Moore (17 catches, 381 yards, 4 TDs) while Gerald Kahari (two TDs), Lucas Bavaro, Thomas and Bongiorno have been reliable targets.

The majority of St. John’s skill players were together last season and over the summer, and that time to develop chemistry has been instrumental to this Super season.

“We’re all on the same page. I think the 7-on-7 (passing) stuff we did in the summer helped a ton. Jack knows where we’re going to be (as receivers) when we’re breaking off our routes,” said Bongiorno. “Jack has a ton of confidence this year. He’s always been a very skilled player, but he’s playing with more confidence.”

The Eagles have run for 2,860 total yards this fall and 31 TDs, which amounts to three quarters of their total offense and the majority of their scoring. Thomas (1,744 yards) is so strong that he runs through defenses even if they stack eight or nine defenders in the box.

But in long yardage situations, the Prep’s passing game can hurt opponents.

“We’re in the film room watching stuff every day,” said Sharrio. “We have to be prepared for what lies ahead.”

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Saturday’s Super Bowl is a rematch of the 1991 Division 1A Super Bowl won by the Boxers, 13-7.

Earlier that season, the Eagles beat Brockton in overtime, 22-21, in one of the North Shore’s best-ever football games. Brockton came into that game (the first between the programs) at Cronin Stadium in Danvers ranked No. 3 in the nation. One of the Prep’s all-time greats, halfback Kevin Dwan, caught the winning two-point pass in OT.

Head coach Jim O’Leary’s Eagles have faced Brockton every year since those two 1991 meetings, with Brockton holding a 15-7 edge in the series.

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It seems dangerous to read too much into St. John’s Prep’s 27-12 win at Marciano Stadium in late September (Week 4).

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