Maistrellis has 446 yards on 22 grabs to go with five TDs receiving, though that’s just the tip of the iceberg of his 11 total TDs.
“I haven’t seen every team out there, but I don’t think very many teams have a 1-2 punch at receiver like I do,” said Bona, who has tossed more than 1,000 of his 1,319 passing yards to either Maistrellis or Razney.
“They’ve been awesome. Sometimes I don’t even throw a good ball (yet) both of those guys can catch up to it, or go up and get it and make a great catch.”
Maistrellis was called on to fill in at running back when Fenwick’s workhorse, junior Rufus Rushins, was injured a few weeks ago. The result was a 100-yard rushing effort in a Division 5 playoff win over rival St. Mary’s of Lynn. The elusive, shifty runner had two of his three rushing scores in that game and also had a kick return score on the season for 11 total TDs.
“I’d done some running back at practice last year and we’d been running some stuff just in practice before Rufus got hurt,” Maistrellis said. Rushins returned for the Crusaders’ Division 5 state semifinal win over Abington, then sat out the Thanksgiving win over Pingree as a precaution.
What’s the biggest difference between finding space to make catches in the secondary and moving the chains as a running back?
“It’s a different world between the tackles,” said Maistrellis, who also plays safety. “All those hits you take in there, it’s completely different. My approach was pretty much to try to wait that split second and see where the space is — then hit it and run.”
Like the entire compliment of upperclassmen for the Crusaders, Razney and Maistrellis can’t stop thinking about how much work they put in during the summer to get ready for this football season. The weights they lifted have paid off in a big way as the team has an opportunity to live forever in Fenwick lore alongside the 1999 and 2000 squads as Super Bowl champions.
“As seniors, we want to go out with a bang,” said Razney.
“We were thinking about it during all that work we were doing,” added Maistrellis, “and it’s turned out even better than we thought.”