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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