St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 51, Leominster 42

Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at Leominster

After losing five consecutive times to Leominster, including the past two Super Bowls, St. John’s quarterback Drew Smiley was determined not to allow that streak to reach six. Smiley cemented his place as one of the best all-around players in the state, rushing for 197 yards and three touchdowns, throwing for 250 yards and three touchdowns, and making a game-clinching interception to lead the Pioneers to a stunning, 51-42 win over the previously unbeaten Blue Devils in last night’s Central Mass. Division 2 championship game at Doyle Field. St. John’s (8-2) will face Western Mass. champion Springfield Central in the Div. 2 state semifinals next Saturday at Westfield State University. Leominster, the two-time defending Central Mass. Super Bowl champions, falls to 9-1 and will be off until its Thanksgiving Day classic with Fitchburg. Smiley was brilliant all night, but was at his best in the fourth quarter. Twice he had long runs on the first play after Leominster scored to pull within single digits. The first was a 55-yard run that setup his own 1-yard touchdown came three plays after a Leominster score, and the second a 69-yard scoring run with 6:23 to play that gave the Pioneers a 51-42 lead one play after Leominster had sliced the lead to 44-42. His interception with 4 minutes to play all but clinched the game for St. John’s, which ran out the clock. “My senior group has never beaten Leominster, so to finally do it in a game of this importance is just incredible,” Smiley said. “Leominster has a great team with some incredible athletes, but we do as well. We knew if we came in and executed, we had a great chance. Everyone played awesome, and that’s why we were able to get the win here.” Smiley had TD runs of 5, 1 and 69 yards, and threw touchdowns to Dan Crowley (11 yards), Nick Calvano (7 yards) and Mike McGillicuddy (70 yards).

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First quarter
LeominsterTDMatt Banchs 1-yard run (James Gurley kick)
Second quarter
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDDrew Smiley 5-yard run (rush failed)
LeominsterTDMatt Banchs 2-yard run (rush failed)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDDan Crowley 11-yard pass from Drew Smiley (Shane Combs run)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)FGJack Coveney 30-yard
LeominsterTDMayson Williams 81-yard kickoff return (rush failed)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDShane Combs 1-yard run (Jack Coveney kick)
Third quarter
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDNick Calvano 7-yard pass from Drew Smiley (Jack Coveney kick)
LeominsterTDJames Gurley 9-yard run (Neil O'Connor run)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDMichael McGillicuddy 70-yard pass from Drew Smiley (kick blocked)
LeominsterTDMayson Williams 1-yard pass from Neil O'Connor (rush failed)
Fourth quarter
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDDrew Smiley 1-yard run (Jack Coveney kick)
LeominsterTDJake Allain 75-yard pass from Neil O'Connor (rush failed)
St. John’s (Shrewsbury)TDDrew Smiley 69-yard run (Jack Coveney kick)


Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, 11:53 a.m.

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