The Eagles jumped all over Brockton with three first-quarter touchdowns in what was an end-to-end dominant performance against a Boxers team many believed could upset the Prep after they led the regular season meeting when QB Austin Roberts was injured.
Saturday, Brockton wouldn’t even sniff a lead, and the mood in the stadium was that the game was over before halftime thanks to St. John’s Prep’s ability to make big plays in the special teams game.
After Johnny Thomas put the Prep on top with a 33-yard touchdown catch, Bavaro blocked a punt on the Boxers’ ensuing drive and fellow senior Jake Anemoduris corralled the ball and went 22 yards for the touchdown. Brockton botched the snap delaying the punter, and the Prep was there to capitalize.
“At first, I was hesitant because I had the flat and didn’t know if they’d come out and throw. When I saw (the ball hit the ground) I just went in, no turning back after that,” Anemoduris said. “It’s not just offense and defense that wins games, its also special teams. When we are capitalizing, that’s what we have to do and that’s what makes us a whole team.”
After Brockton scored before the end of the first quarter, senior Gerald Kahari returned the kickoff for a touchdown, and it was the first time the Prep had done so all season. It came at a crucial time as the Boxers had taken some of the momentum back after a fast start by the Eagles.
“All year, we have been wanting to take a kick return back. Once that happened, everyone was jumping around. It gave us a lot of momentum,” Kahari said. “It was designed to go to the left so I ran to the left side but I saw a lane to the right. So I just cut to the right and ran as fast as I could.”