Stevenson, whose Xaverian teams have had some classic Thanksgiving battles with St. John’s Prep over the years, said he’ll miss his good friend.
“High school football and the Catholic Conference lost one of the best 10 coaches in the history of Massachusetts football,” said Stevenson. “I wish Jimmy the best; he’s a great friend and has always been very supportive and helpful to me.
“I always tell people we get to play the greatest non-league rivalry in New England (vs.) Brockton, and the greatest league rivalry in St. John’s Prep. It’s not the longest Thanksgiving rivalry (starting in 1993), but it’s the best because of the caliber players involved going against each other. You won’t find that in any other rivalry, and Jim and I had so much fun preparing our teams to compete.”