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Sports Special

September 5, 2013

Defending D1 champ St. John's looking to reload


Senior Logan Mahoney, who is 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, has looked very impressive along with junior Michael Calascibetta. Senior Kyle MacGilvray (also the punter) and Owen Rockett are the slot receivers while juniors Pete Daly and Jake Burt are tight ends.

Joining Thomas in the backfield are junior Cody Harwood, junior Brandon Kahari, and sophomore transfer Dylan Preston, a slashing back like former Prep great Steve Van Note. Senior Greg Kobelski returns at fullback.

Defensively, graduation took a big toll, and the Eagles will rely on several underclassmen. Many spots are wide open. Thomas will see some action at outside linebacker along with senior Domenik Pizzano. Senior Michael Fawehinmi returns at cornerback while seniors Sam Gomez and Connor Daly are the defensive tackles. Senior Nick Maraffa and sophomore Sean Fallon are the inside linebackers with Sam Sutera at defensive end.

“We’re not totally inexperienced on defense, but we do have some big shoes to fill,” said O’Leary. “We are treating Smerczynski like a graduate. It’s unfortunate, and I wish him well, but we have to move on. Our offense is solid, but we’ll take some lumps defensively in order to get better. The bottom line is we’ll do what we have to do to win football games, and believe in the system."

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