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St. John’s Prep punishes Andover on ground in 48-14 rout

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ANDOVER — St. John’s Prep is back in familiar territory.

Carson Browne rushed for 102 yards and a pair of scores while Cameron LaGrassa piled up 139 more yards on the ground as No. 7 St. John’s Prep overwhelmed second-seeded Andover, 48-14, to advance to the Division 1 state semifinals on Friday night at Andover High.

The trip to the Div. 1 state semifinals is the fourth consecutive one for the Eagles. They will once again take on Central Catholic. The Eagles and Raiders have faced off in each postseason since 2018 and are also regular season opponents.

“Feels like the old days with Division 1 North,” St. John’s Prep coach Brian St. Pierre said. “We know (Central Catholic) is a great team but we turn the focus inward with us. It’s about us.”

In a difficult road environment against an Andover team playing one of its biggest games of the last 40 years, the visitors were unphased. From the opening snap the Eagles (8-2) dominated both sides of the ball using their speed, size, and physicality to overwhelm the Golden Warriors. In all the Eagles rushed for over 250 yards. Defensively, the Eagles made life tough on Andover (8-1) superstar quarterback Scotty Brown as they limited the senior to just 129 passing yards on 35 attempts.

“We wanted to make (Andover) prove they could hold up in the run game and thought we may have an advantage there,” St. Pierre said. “Getting ahead of Andover was important for us because they’re pretty explosive.”

St. John’s Prep pounced from the opening kickoff. After its first drive went array, the Eagles received a big play from their defense as Michael Nabbout picked off a tipped pass to set up a 32-yard Browne touchdown run.

Following an Andover punt, the Eagles’ running attack went to work as Brown and LaGrassa worked both inside and outside the tackles before quarterback Deacon Robillard plunged in from a yard out to give the Prep a 14-0 advantage.

Over its following two drives the Prep continued to pound the football incorporating University of Georgia-bound Joenel Aguero into the attack. Seven of eight plays were rushes, with the exception of a 46-yard completion from Robillard to Jesse Ofurie. Both drives ended in touchdowns, one a 32-yard score from Browne and the other a three-yard run for LaGrassa.

St. John’s Prep’s lead got up to 34-0 on a 40-yard completion from Robillard to Stephon Patrick before Andover finally got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter on a 29-yard touchdown reception by Lincoln Beal.

 

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