Lowell routs St. John’s Prep, 41-0, in first playoff game

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In Lowell’s first playoff game, it could not have made a more profound statement.

The Red Raiders pummeled host St. John’s Prep right out of the gate, knocking off the reigning Division 1 Super Bowl champions, 41-0.

Keagan Latta was a thorn in the Eagles’ wing on defense, returning a fumble and an interception to pay dirt in the second quarter.

Latta, whose older brother Cam was a Globe All-Scholastic quarterback for the Red Raiders last fall, also hauled in a 26-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Brian Dolan in the first quarter.

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