, Salem, MA


November 28, 2012

On Football column: Thomas' 206 yard outburst gets O'Leary 200th win


“It feels great to be a part of the 200th win,” said Thomas. “Coach O is a great coach and I’m happy for him.”

The Eagles were in a fight last night, no question about it. Andover held them to just 76 yards at halftime, and if not for some supreme coverage by Michael Fawehinimi and two missed field goals might have taken the lead.

There was no panic by the Eagles at halftime. They knew if they got the ball to their quiet, composed star running back, they’d be fine.

“There was no screaming going on or anything like that,” said Thomas. “We knew what we had to do.”

Now, just one game stands between the Eagles and the immortality of becoming the school’s third ever Super Bowl winning team. Thomas, who ran for 240 yards and three scores against Brockton earlier this season, is not satisfied with simply moving on.

“I’ve been to a Super Bowl, and it wasn’t the greatest experience,” he said, referring to the Prep’s loss to Everett in 2010. “This one, I want to make it a great experience.”


Matt Williams is the assistant sports editor of The Salem News. You can contact him at 978-338-2669, and follow him on Twitter @MattWilliams_SN.

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