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November 23, 2012

Fenwick pulls off comeback win over Austin Prep

READING— Bishop Fenwick head coach Dave Woods called a timeout with just under three minutes to play in the final quarter of yesterday’s Thanksgiving Day matchup against Austin Prep.

Down by eight points, Woods knew it was do or die for his Crusader bunch. Fenwick took over on their own 30-yard line and knocked out 10 beautifully executed plays to reach the end zone, then converted on the rush for an extra two points to rally for a 23-22 victory over the Cougars.

”It’s crazy because it’s hard to see that clock from where I was standing with the sun,” said Woods who earned his 100th career win as Fenwick head coach earlier this season. “With Fran (Hannon) and the athletes we have, if there’s any time left on the clock they can make things happen. We kept believing, kept fighting and kept going after it. We needed to make plays we did.”

Hannon fired off seven pass attempts on the final drive, four of which were completed for huge yardage. With 30 seconds left on the game clock, Hannon’s final pass found junior James Traversey in the end zone for a 35 yard touchdown.

”We just trust each other,” said Hannon. “I wasn’t panicking and I don’t think anyone else was either, that’s why we were able to get it done. Our coaching staff does a great job at preparing us for these type of situations.”

The Crusaders (8-3) still found themselves down by a point (21-22) after the touchdown. There was little time in between the TD and the extra point attempt, but Woods already knew he wanted to go for the win rather than try to tie it.

Only one name could be called upon to ensure the extra two points — sophomore running back Rufus Rushins. Rushins, already with a touchdown of his own earlier in the quarter, realized what this play meant to his team.

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