PEABODY — In essence, they got sick of losing.
So the Bishop Fenwick football team decided to do something about it.
It began last Tuesday at practice as the Crusaders were gearing up for last week's meeting at Bishop Fenwick. Head coach David Woods and his staff noticed something different about their squad that day — energy and enthusiasm were abundant — and it carried over the entire week.
The players noticed it, too. Senior Ryan Lipka said the Fenwick defense "just started clicking" after linebackers Dan Delomba and Jake Bugler had everyone else feed off of their play at that same practice. Quarterback Bret Kidik said both sides of the football "dominated" at practice all week — then went out and did the same thing on game day.
Five days removed from Fenwick's first victory of 2010 — a surprising 25-7 defeat of previously unbeaten Hamilton-Wenham — the Crusaders are feeling a surge of momentum and are eager to add to that victory total. They'll get the chance to improve to 2-3 when they play at winless North Reading tomorrow (7 p.m.) in a non-league encounter.
"North Reading, I'm sure, is feeling the way we felt last week," said Lipka, the sure-handed wide receiver and cornerback from Peabody. "We know what it's like to have no wins, and we know what they're going to come out like (tomorrow) against us. We have to be able to match their intensity.
His quarterback, the 18-year-old Kidik, agreed during a break in yesterday's rain-soaked practice.
"As great as it was winning last week," said the Wilmington native, "we need to bring the same (style tomorrow night). We need to blitz and put pressure on their QB and have those same interceptions and fumble recoveries we had defensively last week, and we need to be able to throw and run the football as well as we did last week."