, Salem, MA


October 1, 2012

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


That score, even though it proved to be the game-winner, may not have been Hannon's biggest play.

Trailing 20-6, Hannon led the Crusaders to a 13-play, 73-yard scoring drive in the final two minutes of the first half, hitting freshman Matt Renzulli for a 7-yard TD pass with no time showing. Hannon added the two-point conversion rush to trim the Royals' lead to 20-14 at the break.

"That was huge. That was the difference because it gave us momentum and gave us the confidence to move the ball," Woods said. "Fran was a little rusty, but when it came down to it he made some huge plays."

After that, it was all about a more focused defense and a hungry Rushins.

Fenwick's bruising sophomore back had only four carries for 24 yards in the first half, but he got 16 more touches in the second half and produced 173 yards.

"You have to commit so many people to stop him that it kind of opens up the other stuff they like to do," Georgetown coach Paul Sobelowski said. "I thought we did a good job in the first half bottling him up. Maybe if we don't let them score that last TD before the half we go in (to the locker room) with a little emotion. We kind of went into half a little flat."

Georgetown's chances to pull even late in the second half were dealt a big blow when senior quarterback Niko Edwards injured his knee.

Edwards threw for 102 yards and one touchdown and ran for 48 yards and another score for the Royals.

Hannon ended up throwing for 98 yards while hitting six different receivers, and he also ran for 43 yards. Renzulli caught three passes for 40 yards.

"I thought we did a good job, but they were 3-0 for a reason and they beat Lynnfield for a reason," Sobelowski said. "It wasn't because they weren't good."

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