Senior running back Johnathan Thomas is out for the season with a right knee injury, according to St. John's Prep football coach and athletic director Jim O'Leary.
Thomas was injured in the second half of Saturday's game against Everett and will have surgery at the end of the week, according to a release issued by the school.
"Johnny Thomas's father, Nate Thomas, spoke with St. John's Prep Athletic Director Jim O'Leary this afternoon, and Mr. Thomas has asked the school to share this information with you," the release stated. "After an MRI, and following a consultation with Johnny's doctor today, the family has decided that he will undergo knee surgery at the end of this week. Although Johnny is disappointed that this means he will not play for the rest of the season, he is looking forward to a full recovery and getting started with the rehabilitation process."
Thomas, a Globe All-Scholastic in 2012, rushed for over 700 yards and eight touchdowns in the first four games of the season. Last year, the Maryland-bound Thomas rushed for almost 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns.
"He's such a good kid," O'Leary said. "Aside from the football part, he's such a wonderful young man. He'll be back on the road for recovery and ready for the next step of his career."
In Saturday's loss, junior Cody Harwood served as Thomas's replacement and rushed for a touchdown.
No. 6 St. John's Prep (2-2) plays Malden Catholic on Saturday.
"You donít replace those special players, but you cant play with 10 people so there will be an opportunity for other people to play," O'Leary said. "Thatís the nature of the game. Thatís why you have backups. Cody played the other day and he played well and got us within 7 points. He's a very capable back, so we have some depth there."
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