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October 1, 2012

Fenwick gets defensive in second half, comes back to beat Georgetown

HAVERHILL — Thirty three plays, 172 yards and three scores. No stops.

That was the harsh reality that faced Bishop Fenwick's defensive unit after one half of football against Georgetown Saturday afternoon at Trinity Stadium.

At that point, the Crusaders had a choice: fix the problem and walk away with their expected outcome, or continue to get shredded and watch their unblemished record sink into the turf below their feet.

Fenwick elected to rise, forcing four punts, one turnover on downs, and an interception to spearhead a 32-20 comeback victory that pushed the Crusaders' record to 4-0.

"They came out and punched us in the mouth, no question," Fenwick coach Dave Woods said. "We were just watching our defensive line and the first series we weren't following our keys, we weren't reading who we were supposed to read, and we were backpedaling. At halftime we told them to calm down, relax and play the way we were supposed to play."

One thing that was never in question was Fenwick's ability to produce points.

Even with super sophomore Rufus Rushins feeling a bit under the weather, the Crusaders moved the ball consistently well all afternoon.

Rushins spent a few extra plays standing next to Woods on the sideline catching his breath, but he still managed to run for 197 yards on 20 carries, including a 75-yard smash-then-sprint scoring play that tied the game at 20-20 halfway through the third quarter.

Georgetown also felt the sting of senior quarterback Fran Hannon's return to the Fenwick lineup.

Hannon, who missed the last two games for Fenwick, made up for lost time. The senior captain ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more. He also made all the clutch plays for the Crusaders.

Both of Hannon's TD passes came on fourth-and-goal situations, and his second touchdown run occurred on a fourth-and-goal from the 5-yard line.

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