After losing five consecutive times to Leominster, including the past two Super Bowls, St. John’s of Shrewsbury quarterback Drew Smiley was determined not to allow that streak to reach six.
Smiley rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns, threw for 250 yards and three scores, and made a game-clinching interception to lead St. John’s to a stunning, 51-42 win over the previously unbeaten Blue Devils (9-1) in Friday night’s Central Mass. Division 2 championship at Doyle Field in Leominster.
The Pioneers (8-2) will face Western Mass. champion Springfield Central in the Division 2 state semifinals next Saturday at Westfield State University.
Division 4 Central
Doherty 32, Shepherd Hill 28 — Luke Brennan tossed three TDs, Isaac Yiadom had two TD receptions, and Jahkari Carpenter rushed for two scores to lead the Highlanders.
Division 5 Central
Northbridge 50, Bartlett 37 — Koby Schofer and Jake Wood each rushed for three touchdowns for the host Rams.
Division 6 Central
Littleton 28, Blackstone Valley 8 — Travis Bassett and Pete Murphy each rushed for two TDs for the host Tigers (10-0).
Division 2 West
Springfield Central 44, Westfield 20 — Cody Williams tossed four TDs and rushed for another in the Golden Eagles’ victory. Ben Geschwind rushed for two TDs in the loss.
Division 4 West
Wahconah 20, Agawam 0 — Quarterback Ethan Wells had 166 yards of offense (90 rushing) and three TDs (one passing) to power the Indians.
Division 5 West
Hoosac Valley 28, Easthampton 8 — Matt Braman had 121 yards rushing and two TDs to lead the Hurricanes.
Division 6 West
Turners Falls 36, Mohawk Trail 22 — Malcolm Smith passed for a touchdown and rushed for two more for the Indians.