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September 12, 2013

Moving the Chains: Trio of friends has Fenwick focused on lofty goals

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Bona, Razney and Maistrellis are focused on helping Fenwick prove itself in 2013. The Crusaders were 8-3 last fall but lost three straight games in October, including a heartbreaking 14-12 loss to St. Mary’s that more or less cost them the Catholic Central League title.

This year, with the new playoff system in place and a spot in Division 5 North, Fenwick’s chances of playing in the postseason have increased dramatically. Their goals, however, have spiked as well.

“From what I’ve seen I think we’re capable of winning a state championship, but we have to stay focused,” Bona said. “After winning a couple games we can’t get cocky. We have to keep our heads on straight.”

Keeping their heads on straight means not overlooking any opponents, and the Crusaders know they can’t look past the Generals. Hamilton-Wenham crushed Fenwick, 46-13, two years ago and won in OT, 14-8, last year.

“It’s going to be a tough, hard-fought game,” Razney said. “We’ve been talking since August 19 that we really just want to show them what we’re made of.”

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The Mark Bettencourt era at Peabody High begins tonight in Lynn against Lynn English (5 p.m.) — and history is stacked against the new head coach. The Tanners are coming off an 0-10 season and haven’t defeated the Bulldogs since 1973, going 0-6 in that time.

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Speaking of streaks, St. John’s Prep is going for a program-best four straight wins over Brockton when the two teams meet Saturday at Cronin Stadium in Danvers (1:30 p.m.). The Eagles won at home, 22-15, in 2011; went to Brockton and prevailed, 27-12, during the regular season last fall; and crushed the Boxers, 48-28, in the Division 1 Super Bowl last December at Bentley University. Brockton, however, still leads the all-time series, 15-9.

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Moving The Chains, a column on North Shore high school football, runs each week during the season. Contact staff writer Matt Jenkins at mjenkins@salemnews.com or 978-338-2658, and follow him on Twitter @MattJenkins_SN.

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