Football Roundup: St. John’s Prep advances to Div. 1 North final

The No. 2 St. John’s Prep football team punched its ticket to the Division 1 North final Friday, taking down No. 3 Andover 39-17 in the sectional semifinal at Glatz Field. The Eagles jumped out to a 25-0 lead after the first quarter and rode that momentum all the way to victory.

Matt Crowley had a huge day for the Prep, throwing three touchdown passes and rushing for another. James Guy added two rushing touchdowns, while Anthony Falange, Jackson Delaney and Matt Duchemin each had one touchdown reception. 

Next up for St. John’s is the Division 1 North final next Friday, where the Eagles will take on either No. 1 Central Catholic or No. 4 Everett.

St. Mary’s 34, Georgetown 33

Ali Barry and Sal Afflitto each ran for two touchdowns in a non-tournament win. George Percy rounded out the scoring with a 2-yard rush. 

Freshman Dave Brown sealed the game with an interception in the closing stages. 

“We were down 25-13 halfway through the third quarter,” Spartans coach Sean Driscoll said. “We came back from two scores down. It was a very exciting game. I’m proud of our team. They had every reason to go the other way but they didn’t. We’re happy to come away with a win. 

“Sal did an unbelievable job running the ball, blocking up front and opening lanes for the running backs. Ali stepped up and played a nice game for us. He made some nice plays on defense as well.” 

The Spartans await next week’s opponent (TBA). 

Billerica 49, English 48 

In a non-tournament game at Billerica, Jesse Maggs led the offense with five touchdown passes two to Mathias Fowler and one each to Tahj Purter, Jesse O’Furie and DJ Brathwaite. Uzziah Osomele ran for two touchdowns. 

Down 49-42 in the closing seconds, O’Furie’s touchdown reception closed the gap to 49-48. But the Bulldogs, hoping to force overtime, missed the PAT. 

English awaits next week’s opponent (TBA). 

Saugus 33, Triton 0

Marvens Jean (150 rushing yards) carried Saugus in a non-tournament win with three touchdown runs. Javy Martinez caught a pair of touchdown passes from Chrisitan Correa. 

Martinez tacked on one PAT and Correa added a 2-point conversion rush. 

“We executed well,” Sachems coach Steve Cummings said. “We actually left some points on the board too. Our guys ran hard. They’re starting to pick things up in our offense. 

“Defensively we just executed. We hit all our assignments. Nobody got behind us. Triton runs an offense that’s mostly spread. It was good to see our guys just execute.” 

Saugus awaits next week’s opponent (TBA). 

“We’ll find out who we play Sunday and then we get ready for Thanksgiving,” Cummings said. 

Winthrop 34, Arlington Catholic 20 

This one belonged to Bobby Hubert, who scored three rushing touchdowns in a non-tournament win at Miller Field. Tyler Rockefeller and Ryan Hovermale each ran for one touchdown. Juan Sanchez went 4-for-5 on PAT’s. 

“Offensively we probably had over 300 yards rushing,” Winthrop coach Jonathan Cadigan said. “Anytime you do that your offensive line’s doing very well and you’re executing well. Defensively, Rockefeller had somewhere around 15 tackles. He was all over the place.” 

Winthrop awaits next weekend’s opponent (TBA). 

Peabody 34, Medford 18

The Tanners bounced back into the win column with a non-tournament win at Hormel Stadium. Peabody awaits next week’s opponent (TBA).

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