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December 4, 2013

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

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More than that, Fenwick does its damage on offense from a variety of formations. The linemen are prepared to block in power schemes from tight formations, and are also quick and athletic enough to run zone schemes from the spread formations.

The versatility and savvy to seamlessly transition between the two is harder than it look for linemen. The Crusaders have spent most of the season making it look easy.

“It’s not easy,” said Woods, who highlighted the work of assistant coach Matt Bouchard on the O-Line. “We have a few different schemes, and we keep it relatively simple. There’s still a lot for them to know.”

Senior Dustin McAuley has filled in as a valuable sixth man on the line, and it’s impossible to ignore the contributions of captain James Traversey. He’s a good receiver, but as the tight end he often finds himself lined up in tight in running formations and he’s been a reliable blocker all year.

Thanks to the line, it doesn’t seem to matter who carries the load for the Crusaders. Junior Rufus Rushins has racked up 1,289 yards and 20 TDs even after missing 31/2 games with an elbow injury. Bona has run for 835 yards and 12 scores, Robbie Carrillo has 392 yards and Charlie Maistrellis had a 100-yard game while Rushins was out.

In all, Fenwick’s top four backs are averaging an outstanding 7.48 yards per carry.

“Not much has changed for us (with the injury to Rushins, who will play in the Super Bowl),” said St. Pierre. “We kind of felt like we had to be even better. Rufus can make people miss and he can run through people. As a line, we realized that we needed to make even bigger holes, get off our initial blocks and get upfield.”

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