St. John's 21, Xaverian 12
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St. John's Prep team manager Jared Coppola (34), who was paralyzed by a football injury in 2009, walked to midfield to participate in the coin toss prior to the St. John's-Xaverian game with his brothers, St. John's running back Tyler Coppola (23) and Brandon Coppola (8), who also was forced to stop playing football because of a fractured vertebra.
St. John's, led by Tyler Coppola's two touchdowns, went on to defeat Xaverian and earn a playoff berth. They were joined by senior captain Ryan Delisle (81).