That lesson, though difficult at the time, helped prepare the Crusaders for bigger things this season.
“It’s in the past and we left it there,” Fenwick running back/defensive end Rufus Rushins said. “We’ve moved way past it.”
Rushins is one of many reasons why the Crusaders are prepared to take the next step.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound junior has already rushed for 698 yards and 11 touchdowns through four games. He’s running hard, looking to punish his opponents, and wearing them down in the process.
Against Cardinal Spellman last week, Fenwick led by two touchdowns and switched to the Power I with Rushins running behind David Hurley (6-1, 210) and Brandon DeBerardinis (6-1, 225).
Rushins got many carries out of that formation and carried the Crusaders home, helping them kill most of the fourth quarter clock.
It’s just one more option Fenwick’s opponents have to worry about.
“I honestly think we can run anything and everything. We can give you plenty of different looks,” Rushins said. “We have so much talent and can do so many things. We’re harder to defend. Last year we got a little taste of winning and this year we know how to keep it alive. We’re more experienced and we worked hard in the offseason. We know how to be 11 acting as one.”
Fenwick needs 11 players acting as one, shooting for one common goal tomorrow night against a team like Austin Prep.
“They’re a tough, physical team that’s well coached. They know what they’re doing and don’t kill themselves. They don’t take stupid penalties and you better be on top of your game, no matter what,” Woods said. “They run the same offense they’ve always run. They only run a handful of plays, but what they do run they run very well. You have to be a good, disciplined defense or they’re going to beat you.”