Fenwick ran for 224 yards, including a game-high 162 and three touchdowns from junior Rufus Rushins.
“We’ve been proving people wrong all year, even this game,” senior quarterback/linebacker Nick Bona said. “People picked us to lose. I don’t know why they do, but I think we proved them wrong.”
Bona, like he always seems to do, got Fenwick firing right away.
Northbridge tried to run a reverse on its first play from scrimmage, but Bona sliced through a hole and dropped Chandler Brooks for a 9-yard loss. The Rams ended up punting, then on Fenwick’s first offensive play Bona threw a beautiful pass to Eric Razney for a 39-yard touchdown and a 6-0 lead.
Just like that, Fenwick was on its way.
“To force them 3-and-out and hit that (pass) play to Eric, that set the tone,” Woods said. “This was our game plan going in and it kind of validated it, like, ‘OK, this is going to work.’”
After that, it pretty much came down to three things: Rushins, the Crusaders’ offensive line, and a defense that simply wouldn’t let Northbridge score.
Fenwick’s third drive was methodical. The Crusaders kept the ball on the ground, alternating between Rushins and Bona to churn out yards. Rushins, who carried the ball six times for 36 yards on the drive, finished it with a 2-yard touchdown run and added the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead late in the second quarter.
“That (second) drive, we kind of stopped ourselves. We got a penalty and kind of killed that drive on our own,” St. Pierre said. “The next drive we knew we had to come out and score because they were a tough, physical, good team. We knew we had to score and take control of this game.”
Northbridge came with an all-out blitz on Fenwick’s third play of the second half, but the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Rushins broke through the line and raced 49 yards for his second score and a 21-0 Fenwick lead.