“That definitely put us in great position, but when you’re aggressive on defense you can help to force some of those things,” Fenwick coach Dave Woods said. “Our defense played great all night. When you play defense like that you’ll always be in the game no matter what your offense does.”
The Bulldogs did a good job slowing Fenwick’s offense, despite the final score. Bona’s 56-yard touchdown run and a 44-yard pass play from Bona to Eric Razney were the only big plays North Shore surrendered in the first half.
For the game, Rushins accumulated 83 yards on 15 carries and scored two short-yardage touchdowns. Bona managed 70 yards on six carries, also scoring twice, including a 1-yard score early in the fourth quarter. Robert Cardillo broke a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter when Fenwick’s second offense was playing. He finished with a game-high 85 yards on three carries.
Fenwick’s defense was outstanding, holding North Shore to 100 yards.
Michael Nuernberg led the Bulldogs with 61 yards rushing and Matt Almon added 20.
“We don’t have the talented athletes that they do,” Worth said. “I’m proud of the kids for fighting, but they were the better team; there’s no question about it.”