PEABODY — If Bishop Fenwick senior football captains Charlie Maistrellis and Eric Razney swapped jerseys or weren’t wearing numbers at all, the casual observer might have a hard time telling them apart.
Both players run hard and have game-breaking speed with solid hands at the wide receiver position. It’d be a chore for a defense to prepare for one of these guys on the outside, so covering both of them have proven pretty much impossible so far in the Crusaders’ 12-0 dream season.
Maistrellis and Razney essentially learned to play the game together on the practice fields of Fenwick’s Margin Street campus in their hometown of Peabody. Maistrellis picked up football in eighth grade; Razney had been playing for a year or two by then.
They’d been friends since their days as elementary school students at St. John’s of Peabody like many of their Fenwick teammates, including quarterback Nick Bona.
It’s a long-lasting bond that has translated to both sides of the football for Bishop Fenwick, which faces 10-2 Northbridge in the Division 5 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium Saturday (8 p.m.) in the finale of six games on Super Saturday.
“There is a little unspoken communication,” said Razney, also a cornerback and standout baseball player at Fenwick. “It probably comes in handy more on offense than on defense. We kind of know where each other’s going to be out there.”
The depth and versatility of Fenwick’s offense is one of the things that’s made them nearly unstoppable. The Crusaders have scored 482 points in 12 games, having done so in a variety of ways. Razney and Maistrellis embody that versatility.
Razney leads the way at receiver with 583 yards on 28 catches, including a pair of 100-yard receiving efforts. His eight receiving TDs are third on the North Shore, and he also has a special teams TD for a total of 54 points.