St. John’s Prep rolls by Dracut
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The first snap Michael Geaslen took for St. John’s Prep in the third quarter of Friday night’s season opener against host Dracut ended with a touchdown.
Geaslen touched the ball for about two seconds. Jonathan Thomas did the rest, taking the handoff and bouncing to the outside before sprinting past the Middies’ entire secondary for a 38-yard score.
Geaslen, the backup quarterback, never came back onto the field, but it hardly mattered who was behind center for most of the Prep’s 49-6 victory. The Eagles passed only five times.
“I felt fast,” said Thomas, who led the team in rushing as a sophomore last year and spent the summer running hills and pulling sleds in attempt to improve his speed. “I felt really fast.”
Thomas and senior back Alex Moore were electric, with the offensive line creating lanes wide enough for two-way traffic.
The two backs combined for 229 yards and three touchdowns, adding three interceptions on defense, two of which were returned for scores.
After the Middies made the first splash, forcing a fumble by Prep senior quarterback Jack Sharrio on the opening drive, Thomas made a leaping interception in the corner of the end zone to turn the tide back around. Dracut didn’t move the ball into Eagles’ territory again until the final minute of the game.
Thomas also picked off Middies backup quarterback Tyler Duff, who entered the game in the second half for injured starter Tyler Bassett, and returned it 45 yards for a TD.
If the 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound junior was electric on defense, he was nuclear on offense. He rushed seven times, each of his last four carries going for at least 15 yards.
Moore was no slouch himself, carrying 10 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
“This was a statement game,” Thomas said, “just letting teams know what we’re going to do. We can let them know where the ball is going and they have to stop us. But they’re not going to.”
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