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November 23, 2012

Prep is playoff bound after shutting out Xavieran to win Catholic Conference title

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Stevenson presented the Brother Drinan trophy to the Eagles. It will remain with the team until next year’s game. The players passed it around, taking turns and kissing it the same way the Stanley Cup is treated by hockey players. For the second time in a row the Eagles left the Hawk Bowl with a win.

St. John’s Prep 9, Xaverian 0

at The Hawk Bowl, Westwood

St. John’s Prep (9-1) 2 0 7 0 — 9

Xaverian (4-7) 0 0 0 0 — 0

SJP-Safety, punter’s knee touched down in end zone

SJP-Alex Moore 95 pass from Jack Sharrio (Stephen Camarro kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATS

RUSHING: St. John’s Prep — Jon Thomas 24-119, Jack Sharrio 5-2, Alex Moore 10-(18); Xaverian — Shayne Kaminski 2-8, Joe DeNucci 1-8, Hunter Taute 5-6, Dana Pagliuca 2-0, A.J. King 1-0, Harry Walsh 3-(-1), Austin DeCarr 6-(-10).

PASSING: St. John’s Prep — Sharrio 7-10-175-1-2; Xaverian — DeCarr 10-19-113-0-2.

RECEIVING: St. John’s Prep — Moore 2-96, Lucas Bavaro 2-36, Anthony Bongiorno 1-15, Gerald Kahari 1-15, Thomas 1-13; Xaverian — King 2-37, Pagliuca 4-33, DeNucci 2-21, Mike Barbieri 1-13, Kaminski 1-9.

you ought to know "Our goal was for our defense to score more points than their offense," said Prep captain Lucas Bavaro with a big smile on his face as players lingered to enjoy the thrill of victory. "We got off to a great start with the safety, and had our best defensive game of the season." "We're going bowling," yelled Prep two-way end Anthony Bongiorno when the team took a knee to listen to coach Jim O'Leary after the game. He had two big fumble recoveries and caught a pass. Bongiorno said Xaverian's defense was the best the Prep had seen all year. Prep senior defensive back Gerald Kahari said he couldn't see Xaverian QB Austin DeCarr throw the ball, but he did see that it was sinking down and dove to pick it off at the Prep 5-yard line late in the third quarter as the Hawks threatened to take the lead. Two plays later Alex Moore caught a 95-yard TD pass to give the Eagles a little breathing room. Prep senior defensive end Tucker Mathers caused two fumbles when he pressured DeCarr (and also sacked the QB twice). "We wanted to get to him, make him uncomfortable throwing, and just keep the pressure on all the time," said Mathers. Catholic Conference Player of the Year Hawks running back Hunter Taute gained only six yards on five attempts, mainly because junior middle linebacker Sean Smerczynski, who was in double figures for tackles, gave the Hawks fits trying to get the running game going along with outside linebacker Chris Newton, who had a big game. "We've got to go back to work tomorrow so go kiss your mothers, and be thankful for all your parents do for you," said O'Leary, who was greeted by loud cheers from the team. "This is what we wanted, and we're moving on because of great defense and offense when we needed it."

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