“I’m not going to lie; we called a hook-and-ladder with 6.8 seconds and I’m like, ‘Hey, let’s give it a shot,’” Maag said. “Did I think we would score? I don’t know ... but it ended up working out for us.”
Possibly adding to the disbelief of the situation was what Marblehead had just witnessed the Danvers offense do to them.
The Falcons ran an excellent two-minute offense of its own, traveling 83 yards in six plays, and needing less than a minute to do it. Sophomore quarterback Nick Andreas completed four passes — all to Jake Cawlina — to put Danvers on top. Cawlina slipped behind the Marblehead defense on a 2nd-and-2 play and Andreas lofted a long pass down the left sideline that put the visitors on top, 25-22.
“It kind of stinks because we backed them up for a 4th-and-10 or something, and then they hit an out pattern to get the first down and stop the clock. We were thinking, ‘Not again,’” said Maag, whose team lost its only game the week before to Salem on a final minute scoring drive. “They hit that huge ball over the top, but we had to really stay positive and couldn’t lose spirit.
“You gotta believe and keep the faith.”
Like Maag and his Danvers counterpart Andreas showed, leading late scoring drives takes more than just faith. The quarterback must be calm, confident and prepared.
Nick Bona has been Bishop Fenwick’s Swiss Army Knife this fall, a do-it-all performer for the Crusaders who excels on offense, defense and on special teams as the kicker.
But it’s not too difficult to figure out where Bona is needed most.
He’s filled up the offensive stat sheet for Fenwick so far as one of the team’s top receivers, with 18 catches for 235 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also run for 82 yards and a score this year. And when senior quarterback Fran Hannon missed time early this season, Bona was the player who filled in under center. He completed 8 of 15 passes for 88 yards and a pair of scores during that time.