Last Season: Head Coach Brian St. Pierre and the St. John’s Prep Eagles had a solid season last year with some very impressive wins over Catholic Memorial, BC High and Bridgewater-Raynham High School. They also had losses against some of the best teams in the state in Central Catholic, Everett High School and Xaverian Brothers as well as a close loss to Andover High School in the Division 1 North playoffs.
Last Season Record: 7-4
ITHMA 2017 MIAA Preseason Ranking: # 2
2017 Schedule – Key Games: @ (8) Central Catholic High School (9/15/17) SJP QB Mike Yarin goes up against Central Catholic QB Bret Edwards in a battle of two high powered offenses. (1) Everett High School (9/23/17) SJP and Everett are loaded with talent on both sides of the ball and both teams have multiple playmakers that will make this one of the best games of the year. @ (6) Catholic Memorial (10/7/17) A huge Catholic Conference match-up for both teams to start off October. @ (3) BC High (10/13/17) Another huge Catholic Conference match-up in a tough stretch of games for the Eagles. (9) Bridgewater-Raynham High School (10/20/17) A tough B-R defense will look to contain the SJP offense. (4) Xaverian Brothers High School (11/23/17) A rivalry game that usually decides the Catholic Conference title.
2017 – Full Schedule – 9/9 @ Haverhill High School, 9/15 @ Central Catholic High School, 9/23 Everett High School, 9/30 Malden Catholic High School, 10/7 @ Catholic Memorial High School, 10/13 @ BC High, 10/20 Bridgewater-Raynham High School, 11/23 Xaverian Brothers
Key Returning Players – Offense: Mike Yarin (QB), Aise Pream (RB/ATH), Trent Tully (RB/ATH), Wes Rockett (WR/ATH), Michael Slattery (TE), Patrick Sweetnam (TE), Cooper Smith (OL), Zak Zinter (OL)
Key Returning Players – Defense: Wes Rockett (FS), Cooper Smith (DL), Zak Zinter (DL), Michael Slattery (DE)
Key Returning Players – Special Teams: Wes Rockett
Breakout Players To Watch – Two-way linemen Cooper Smith and Zak Zinter are two very talented sophomores who will be critical on both the offensive and defensive lines this season. Junior wide receiver and safety Wes Rockett is a star in the making on both sides of the ball and he is a player to keep an eye on as Division 1 colleges will come calling for him.
Biggest Team Strength – A very strong senior class led by QB Mike Yarin will look to turn some of last year’s very close losses into victories this season. They will need this senior leadership to win out in a very difficult Division 1 North bracket.
Biggest Team Weakness – Their schedule is brutal. Probably the toughest schedule in the state with games against Central Catholic, Everett, CM, BC High, Bridgewater-Raynham and Xaverian Brothers. This schedule will test this SJP team at the highest levels.
Overall 2017 Outlook and Season Prediction: This St. John’s Prep team is very talented on both sides of the ball and they will need to be ready each week as their schedule features a number of top ten ranked opponents. We should know early on if they can compete for a Division 1 State Championship as the Eagles play at Central Catholic on September 15th and they will then host top ranked Everett on September 23rd. Look for players like Yarin and Rockett to make this Eagles team extremely competitive this coming season and a team that will be very fun to watch.