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December 2, 2012

St. John's Prep gets super finish in rout of Brockton

Eagles capture first state title since 1997

WALTHAM — The 2012 St. John’s Prep football team can take its rightful place among the greatest football teams to ever come out of the school.

Dominant in all three phases of the game, the Eagles soundly defeated Brockton, 48-28, Saturday night at Bentley University to capture the Division 1 Eastern Mass. Super Bowl. 

It had been 15 long years since their last Super Bowl triumph, with three title game losses in between. But the wait was worth it for this blue collar, senior-laden squad.

“From the No. 1 star to the last guy at practice every day, this was impressive,” Prep head coach Jim O’Leary told his team after they had been awarded the Super Bowl trophy. 

“This senior class is special. They were on a mission to get to this point.”

The Prep offense accounted for four touchdowns, the defense had one and special teams added two more.

After they were presented the winning trophy, captain James Fagan kissed it before passing it on to his teammates. Fans raced onto the field to swarm the team, one by one lifting the starters up on their shoulders to wild cheers.

The Prep offense accounted for four touchdowns, the defense had one and special teams added two more.

The tone of the evening was set early on when St. John's Prep (11-1) scored twice in the first 2 minutes and 51 seconds. On the game's second play junior tailback Johnathan Thomas caught a 33-yard pass from quarterback Jack Sharrio (5 for 8, 124 yards, 2 TDs) for the score. That TD was set up after the Boxers tried an onside kick to start the game, which was recovered by the Prep's Jake Burt at his own 45-yard line. Thomas broke loose for a 17-yard run, and then caught the TD pass.

“I was wide open,” said Thomas. “They had somebody blitzing on the end, and that left me free. We haven’t had a start like that against a good team all year. That gave us motivation to keep going harder.”

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