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December 4, 2013

'Super' offensive line has been Fenwick's backbone all year

One of the only questions marks for the Bishop Fenwick football team back in August was its offensive line.

The trenches were one of the few spots on offense or defense where the Crusaders didn’t have almost every starter back, as the Black-and-Gold were breaking in a new center and the entire left side.

So Fenwick’s fearsome fivesome spent the summer making sure that they would be the last thing their team had to worry about in the fall.

Led by seniors Tyler Kaufman and Charlie St. Pierre on the the right side, Fenwick sophomore center Justice Andrade, junior left guard Brandon DeBerardinis and junior left tackle David Hurley have been outstanding for the Super Bowl-bound Crusaders all season.

“They’ve been our one constant,” said Fenwick head coach Dave Woods. “It’s almost an entirely new group and they’ve worked very hard on their strength and their technique. They’ve been tremendous for us.”

The unbeaten Crusaders (12-0) face Northbridge (10-2) in the Division 5 Super Bowl Saturday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro at 8 p.m. Like pitching in baseball and goaltending in hockey, you just don’t get to a championship game without quality play from the line.

“It’s something we take a ton of pride in,” said St. Pierre, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound guard from Newburyport. “We can pass block and run block, and we’re pretty proud we’ve scored so many points.”

Fenwick has already set a school record with 482 points scored and stands a good chance of being one of the first teams in North Shore history to top 500 points after Saturday’s Super Bowl.

The Crusaders line has paved the way for a total of 2,924 rushing yards and also kept quarterback Nick Bona safe to the tune of 1,319 passing yards. That’s a rather impressive total of 4,273 yards in 12 games (an average of 356 per contest).

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