Beginning in 1967, St. John’s Prep has won a big title every 15 years. The first state championship came in 1967(9-0-0) and again in 1982 as Division 2 Super Bowl champs (unbeaten with one tie) under coach Fred Glatz. Jim O’Leary succeeded Glatz and won the Super Bowl with an unbeaten 1997 team (11-0) led by captains Brian St. Pierre, Brian Lentz, Wayne Lucier and Zach Magliaro. St. Pierre and Lucier went on to have NFL careers. Now add 2012 to that illustrious list. Thanks for these stats go to John Hendry, Patriots statistician and St. John’s Prep Hall of Famer (Class of 1973).
Senior signal caller Jack Sharrio talked about just how ready the Eagles were for the opening kickoff.
“We were so excited. I think we had an echo going just walking out to the field,” Sharrio said. “In the locker room, we were a little quiet getting prepared. But when we got out here, we were ready to go.”
Sharrio was brilliant with 124 yards passing, two touchdowns, 24-yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. With Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year Moore and a Division 1 talent in Thomas in the backfield, it’s easy for people to forget about Sharrio. But his Eagles teammates never do.
“He is a key part of our offense and he keeps us going,” Moore said of Sharrio, who had 12 TD passes this fall. “He put some good balls on me and I was able to catch them.”
As the Super Bowl wore down to the final seconds and Michael Geaslen took a knee three times, O’Leary received the traditional Gatorade dunking by his happy team. The first attempt to get the coach failed, so some of the starters, who had left the game early, came around with a sneak attack from the other side led by junior linebacker Sean Smerczynski. This time, they hit the target right on the mark with a splash seen clear across the field.