WESTFORD — St. John's Prep needed somebody to step up and fill the void left by the absence of injured running back James Guy.
Seniors Pat Nistl and Nick Masterson answered the bell with five touchdowns between them to power the Eagles to a 42-9 road victory over Westford Academy.
St. John's is now 5-0 with their first Catholic Conference game next Saturday on Homecoming Day at Cronin Stadium against last year's Super Bowl opponent Catholic Memorial.
"Masterson and Nistl are two senior guys and got more carries with Guy out," said coach Brian St. Pierre. "They stepped up and did what you expect senior leaders to do. We didn't play that well on offense Crowley has been sick all week, and the timing was off.
"We need to get healthy and have a good week of practice. We've had a lot of sickness and injuries. We haven't been totally healthy since opening week. I have to tip my hat to the job our offensive line did. Those guys were all outstanding."
Quarterback Matt Crowley threw for 186 yards and a touchdown with 116 to his favorite target Matt Duchemin, who also had an interception.
After a rather slow start the Eagles put 21 unanswered points on the board in the second quarter to take a 28-3 halftime lead.
Masterson put the Eagles on the board, crashing in from the three, and Nolan Philpott kicked the first of six PAT's. The Grey Ghosts answered with a 35-yard field goal by Mark Blanc before the visitors scored the next 21 points. Nistl broke tackles for a 27-yard run to the end zone and after Duchemin's pick, added another with a 3-yard blast.
Crowley found Jackson Delaney along the left sideline for a 21-yard TD pass just before halftime. The key play on that drive was a spectacular 47-yard grab by Duchemin.
"He had some nice catches, and I don't know how he was able to grab that one. It was unbelievable the way he stretched out to get it and was able to hang on," said St. Pierre.
The home team got the ball to start the second half, but fumbled it away on the first play from scrimmage. Three plays later Masterson crashed in from the six, 35-3.
"I'm proud of the way my kids played against a great Division 1 team that won the Super Bowl," said WA coach Pat Gendron. "We don't back down from any fight "
The Grey Ghosts mounted their best drive of the day, going 80 yards and capped by two passes to make it 35-9. Luke Reynolds threw a 34-yard strike to Devin Crogan, and on the next play captain Nick Faretra fired a 17-yard TD pass to Colin Reynolds.
Nistl scored the last Prep touchdown which was his third of the game, blasting in from the one. The 65-yard drive featured three catches by Delaney for 31 yards.
"Delaney has been consistent all year," said St. Pierre. "Charlie Wilmot played well and had a catch, too. I can't say enough about Duchemin, who gets it done on both sides of the ball."