FOXBOROUGH — Standing just outside Gillette Stadium’s north end zone in the shadow of the stadium’s signature lighthouse, Bishop Fenwick assistant football coach Dave Dugan gathered the Crusaders together for their final huddle late Saturday night.
Fenwick’s rallying cry all season had been ‘finish’, but Dugan urged them to switch it up in light of the Division 5 Super Bowl result.
In one voice, the Crusaders called it out ... ‘DONE!’
Bishop Fenwick left no doubt which team was the best in Division 5, completely dismantling Northbridge, 28-0, and wrapping up a dream season that concluded with a state title and a 13-0 record.
The Super Bowl title was Fenwick’s third in program history: 1999, 2000 and 2013, all under head coach Dave Woods. Fenwick was also a state champ in 1964 before the Super Bowl system was in place.
“They were so dominant; I don’t even know if we had a close game all year,” Woods said about this season’s team.
“I was talking with Derek (Collins) and some of the other guys on the coaching staff that played back in those games (in 1999 and 2000) and those were special times. Those were our first years together and I’ll never forget that ... but this group, they’re the best team in this school’s history, no question.”
The Crusaders (who finished the season with a school record 510 points scored) made it abundantly clear that they were the best team on the field Saturday night despite many pregame prognostications that suggested Northbridge’s size, strength and ability to throw the ball would be too much for Fenwick to handle.
That only served as motivation for Fenwick, which held the Rams to a grand total of 12 yards rushing and 116 yards of total offense.
As for that large Northbridge (10-3) offensive line that featured three players who weighed nearly 300 pounds? Fenwick’s five linemen — Justice Andrade, David Hurley, Tyler Kaufman, captain Charlie St. Pierre and Brandon DeBerardinis — may have been giving up size, but that didn’t stop them from complete dominating.