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Joe Gaziano a pivotal two-way standout for Xaverian Brothers football

Xaverian’s Joe Gaziano, a 230-pound junior, protects the ball during a run in his team’s Division 1 South State semifinal game against Attleboro last month.
Xaverian’s Joe Gaziano, a 230-pound junior, protects the ball during a run in his team’s Division 1 South State semifinal game against Attleboro last month.Credit: Jonathan.Wiggs /Globe s\Staff

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Forgive Xaverian Brothers junior Joe Gaziano for breathing heavily at the conclusion of the Hawks’ 28-22 win over host St. John’s Prep on Thanksgiving Day.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gaziano, a two-way starter at tight end and defensive end from Scituate, is also the team’s punter. He’s on the field for kickoffs and is occasionally called on for PATs and field goals.

Gaziano’s play on both sides of the ball has been a catalyst in the Hawks’ success this year and will be made more important against Central Catholic in the Division 1 Super Bowl on Saturday.

The same can be said for the roles of Mansfield senior tandem Kyle Hurley and Miguel Villar-Perez, who will face St. John’s Shrewsbury in the Division 2 Super Bowl.

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