“Nick probably weighs all of 150 pounds,” added Woods, “but you can’t weigh the size of his heart.”
Junior tailback Rufus Rushins (158 yards on 20 carries, giving him 956 yards and 15 TDs in a half-dozen games) took care of business in the second half, scoring twice on runs of 2 and 22 yards — the second of which he was hit by two St. Mary’s defenders at the 16-yard line and literally dragged, at one time or another, seven different Spartans with him en route to crossing the goal line.
This marked the first time Fenwick’s seniors had beaten St. Mary’s on the gridiron, following back-to-back shutout losses as freshmen and sophomores and a 2-point loss last fall.
“Beating them for the title, this was a gift,” admitted Traversey.
As satisfying as this victory was, the five Fenwick captains to a man admitted it’s merely Goal No. 1 that has been reached. Goal No. 2 is beating Archbishop Williams this weekend to finish the regular season 7-0 and earn the top seed in the upcoming Division 5 North playoffs. More goals await after that, with the final one taking place in Foxborough on the first Saturday in December.
“It’s all about readying ourselves for our next set of goals. That’s what keeps us hungry,” said St. Pierre.
If that’s the case, Woods might want to have a few more game balls handy for future use.
Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.