LYNN — It is rare when a game ball is awarded after a Bishop Fenwick football victory.
So when head coach David Woods addressed his squad following a thorough 34-6 thumping over St. Mary’s of Lynn Saturday night — giving Fenwick not only the 300th win in program history, but also the Catholic Central League title for the first time since 2003 — he had no qualms breaking with standard protocol.
He tossed the football towards Nick Bona, the senior captain who completed 11-of-15 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns and was in on so many plays defensively that if he didn’t make 15 tackles, then Tom Brady isn’t a first ballot Hall of Famer.
The gesture was dripping with symbolism. On a team loaded with talent both in the skill positions and the line Bona is its heartbeat, the player every other Crusader feeds off of. This game ball wasn’t just for his performance Saturday night, or what he’s done all season to bring Fenwick to a 6-0 mark. This was more for everything Bona has done for Fenwick football since first stepping into the lineup as a freshman back in 2010.
“This couldn’t have worked out any better. I just wish they didn’t score that late touchdown off a broken play,” laughed the 17-year-old Bona at game’s end.
Fenwick’s senior class has been pointing to this season for more than two years; not just because it’d be the last time they all played together, but because they knew how talented they’d be and how much they could possibly accomplish.
“We want to be in the (Division 5) Super Bowl at Gillette (Stadium),” said captain Charlie St. Pierre, one of the anchors of a line that allowed Fenwick to gain 374 yards and pile up 21 first downs against the Spartans.