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    St. John’s rebounds from playoff loss

    WORCESTER — St. John’s wasn’t about to let a devastating loss to Nashoba in the Central Mass. final get in the way of beating rival St. Peter-Marian in their annual Thanksgiving game at Fitton Field.

    Senior MacBrien Nkongchu scored a touchdown on both sides of the ball in the first half as the Pioneers (9-3) topped the Guardians, 34-14, for the third straight year.

    “Our goal was to play all three phases of the game,” St. John’s coach John Andreoli. “We had some games where we put a couple of half together, but not never at the same time.”

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    St. John’s junior Tim Cassidy completed 17 of 28 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns, while classmate Nick Pallotta had two TD catches to earn the Corsac Award as the game’s MVP.

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    Anthony Baldino rushed for 65 yards on 18 carries, while Danny Malm threw for 95 yards for St. Peter-Marian (5-7).

    St. John’s scored its first touchdown on defense. After a beautiful punt by senior John Buckley pinned St. Peter-Marian on its 4, Nkongchu intercepted a tipped Malm pass at the 20 and returned it to the end zone.

    “We did a good job in man coverage,” Andreoli said. “We played some man free today, we threw some blitzes with two-man group blitzes, played man coverage behind it.”

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    St. John's (Shrewsbury)14614034
    St. Peter-Marian007714
    First quarter
    STJMacBrien Nkongchu 20-yard interception return (Nick Barton kick)
    STJMacBrien Nkongchu 2-yard run (Nick Barton kick)
    Second quarter
    STJNick Pallotta 16-yard pass from Tim Cassidy (kick failed)
    Third quarter
    SPMMatt McGovern 42-yard pass from Danny Malm (P.J. Barry kick)
    STJNick Pallotta 53-yard pass from Tim Cassidy (Ryan Allie kick)
    STJMichael Corrina 17-yard pass from Tim Cassidy (Ryan Allie kick)
    Fourth quarter
    SPMP.J. Barry 7-yard pass from Kosta Drosidis (P.J. Barry kick)

    INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

    St. John's (Shrewsbury) passing
    Com.Att.Yds.
    Tim Cassidy1730319
    Stephen Bucciaglia2514
    St. Peter-Marian passing
    Com.Att.Yds.
    Danny Malm71693
    Kosta Drosidis3617
    St. John's (Shrewsbury) rushing
    Att.Yds.
    MacBrien Nkongchu1086
    Tim Cassidy1261
    Stephen Bucciaglia429
    Peter Oliver716
    Travis Terry11
    St. Peter-Marian rushing
    Att.Yds.
    Anthony Baldino1975
    Danny Malm514
    Ryan Carey28
    St. John's (Shrewsbury) receiving
    Att.Yds.
    Nick Pallotta5110
    Cam Lucey388
    Khamal Saunders240
    Sam Goodhue434
    MacBrien Nkongchu230
    Michael Corrina117
    St. Peter-Marian receiving
    Att.Yds.
    Matt McGovern243
    Alec Simonovitch542
    P.J. Barry335