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November 21, 2013

Lovett takes center stage for St. John's Prep

Sean Lovett is playing out of position this year for the St. John’s Prep football team, but the reliable senior has been consistently good all season.

Normally a tight end/defensive end, Lovett has taken over at center. On last year’s team he also was used at tackle, and was on the field for the whole playoff game against Andover.

After James Fagan — the outstanding center for last year’s Super Bowl champion — moved on to play at Bates College, the Eagles needed a replacement. Lovett took over and the stellar job he has done while flying under the radar has not gone unnoticed by his coaches and teammates.

Lovett stepped in to fill a void for the good of his team, and never regretted it. He is not a flashy player, but can always be relied on to do his job.

“We moved him to stabilize the line. He has been the one constant player on the offensive line all season,” St. John’s coach Jim O’Leary said. “He makes all the calls up front, and we haven’t had a lot of snap issues. He’s very bright, a great student, and we’ve looked to him to provide steady leadership.”

At the start of the season Lovett was the only newcomer on a veteran offensive line, but injuries and off-field incidents forced the coaching staff to fill the spots with underclassmen, who are still learning what it takes to play at the varsity level. Through it all, Lovett has provided consistency, doing his job well.

“I did play center my sophomore year so it’s not entirely new for me,” said Lovett, who is 6-foot-4, 225 pounds. “It’s not an easy position to play because you have a lot of responsibilities. I’m the quarterback of the offensive line.

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