Brockton (9-4), which lost to St. John's Prep earlier this season (27-12), couldn’t move the ball on its first possession and was forced to punt. The snap from center was low, however, and punter Austin Roberts had trouble handling the ball. Lucas Bavaro of the Eagles dove to block the kick and teammate Jake Anemoduris, a senior from Peabody, picked up the loose ball and raced 22 yards to paydirt, giving the Prep a 13-0 lead before the game was three minutes old.
“I finally got one,” said Bavaro of his blocked punt. He'd come very close to doing so several times this season. “Anemoduris did a nice job turning it into a touchdown.
"This is an enormous win; the biggest game of my life. All the kids in my class have been working for this night for a long time."
The Boxers answered right back with a touchdown by Moise Edouard, but the two-point conversion failed. Gerald Kahari then returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to put the Eagles up, 20-6.
After the Prep held Brockton on 4th-and-2 they drove down the field again, capped by a 3-yard touchdown by Thomas out of the Wildcat formation.
“Our kids showed great character all game," said O'Leary. "Once it goes bad (for an opponent), things can happen very quickly. That’s what happened to Brockton.
“On games like this field position is very important. Our defense comes in with the expectation they’ll score more point than the other team does on offense.”
By halftime the Eagles were up, 41-12, after Sharrio threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Alex Moore.
“A big key to the game was being able to score a couple early,” said Moore, who also recovered a fumble on a backward pass by Roberts and raced 19 yards for his second TD of the night. “I’m so glad Jake (Anemoduris) scored; he’s one of our key players, and he works do hard. I’m also happy Lucas finally got one when he blocked that punt.”