St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 55, North Middlesex 26

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at Shrewsbury

Playoff football is often full of surprises, but St. Johnís Highís opening game of the postseason further cemented what everyone already knew ó the Pioneers have an abundance of athletes and can rack up piles of points. Backed by a super-sized portion of big plays and stellar games from its marquee players, St. Johnís rolled to a 55-26 victory over North Middlesex Regional in a Division 2 quarterfinal last night at Assumption College. St. Johnís, the No. 2 seed, will host No. 3 Marlboro High in a semifinal next weekend. The Pioneers defeated the Panthers, 35-20, in a regular-season game last weekend. North Middlesex (2-6), the No. 7 seed, will face off next weekend against an opponent to be determined. The Pioneers racked up 346 yards of offense in the first half, stormed to a 42-6 halftime lead, and were never threatened.

North Middlesex0661426
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)14287655
First quarter
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDDavon Jones 58-yard pass from Drew Smiley (Jack Coveney kick)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDShane Combs 80-yard run (Jack Coveney kick)
Second quarter
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDMichael McGillicuddy 43-yard pass from Drew Smiley (Jack Coveney kick)
North MiddlesexTDJohn Boutwell 4-yard run (kick failed)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDMichael McGillicuddy 15-yard pass from Drew Smiley (Jack Coveney kick)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDShane Combs 4-yard run (Jack Coveney kick)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDT.J. Kelly 10-yard pass from Drew Smiley (Jack Coveney kick)
Third quarter
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDBrad Sylvester 4-yard run (Pat Lehane kick)
North MiddlesexTDJohn Boutwell 2-yard run (kick failed)
Fourth quarter
North MiddlesexTDJohn Boutwell 5-yard run (Trey Callahan run)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDTravis Terry 25-yard run (kick failed)
North MiddlesexTDCam Clermont 36-yard run (kick failed)


Updated: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 9:23 a.m.

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