Early in the third quarter, Rushins and the line essentially put the game away. On 3rd-and-2, Rushins broke up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown that was so exquisitely blocked it would have been a touchdown from anywhere on the field.
“It was perfect. Our center, Justice (Andrade) made a great block and I saw a lot of green in front of me. I just booked it as fast as I could,” said Rushins.
“I was trying to watch it on the Jumbotron, but I was a little too excited to focus,” added St. Pierre. “Having Rufus back at 100 percent was huge for our team. He played harder than he ever has these last two playoff games.”
In what amounts to nine games played this year, Rushins topped 150 yards rushing six times. He ran for a career high 1,451 yards and 23 TDs, and now had 3,793 career rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns. He’s part of an elite North Shore running back club with three straight 1,000-yard seasons and is on pace to make history by adding a fourth next year with three of Fenwick’s five starting O-linemen returning.
As strong as those numbers are, the beauty of the Crusaders is that they are hardly a one-man show. All 11 guys on the field contributed to every big gain by Rushins or Bona, and all 32 regular rostered players (plus 17 freshmen that got the experience of a lifetime dressing for the Super Bowl) had a hand in this championship.
“Without question the greatest team this school has ever had,” said Woods. “I’m just happy I was along for the ride. I can’t believe I’m not going to get to coach some of these guys again.”
There’s also little question this was the most dominant offensive line the Crusaders have ever had.