, Salem, MA


November 2, 2013

Fenwick survives adversity, wins with heart


“That ball was up in the air a long time,” St. Mary’s (4-4) coach Matt Durgin said. “They’ve been doing it all year, so it’s not luck. That’s what they do and we have great respect for them. Those kids have been playing since their freshman year.”

Bona had his usual brilliant game, completing 8 of 15 passes for 129 yards and running for 70 yards, including touchdown runs of 3 and 11 yards. His final score, which was set up by a bad snap on a St. Mary’s punt attempt, came with just 6:03 to go.

“Bona is one of the top players on the North Shore, if not the top kid other than the kid (Johnny Thomas) from the Prep,” Durgin said.

Woods came into the game worried about St. Mary’s big-play ability and the Spartans hit Fenwick with two in the first half. Freshman Abraham Toe slipped through some tackles and raced 63 yards for a score on the final play of the first quarter.

Then, playing with the wind at their back, quarterback Antonio Felix hit Connor Sakowich for a 72-yard scoring strike to cut Fenwick’s lead to 13-12 with 4:23 to play in the first half.

The Fenwick defense responded to the challenge in the second half, holding St. Mary’s to 72 yards after the break.

“For our defense to come up the way they did in the second half and play that tough, that’s what wins championships,” Woods said.

Chasing a championship could get a little more difficult with Rushins expected to miss time.

Rushins tweeted late last night that he’s hoping to get back for the Super Bowl if Fenwick makes it that far.

“When Rufus went down that was a little scary, but everyone fought back and we played our butts off,” Maistrellis said. “We’re just a bunch of tough kids. When we have setbacks we don’t really let it get to us at all. In the locker room when Rufus was down, we all kept our heads up.”

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