SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 16, 2013

Perfect Ten: Fenwick blows by Northeast to win D5 North title

By Matt Jenkins
Staff Writer

---- — PEABODY — Trophy in hand, the Bishop Fenwick football team was elated last night. But not satisfied.

Fenwick hit Northeast Regional with big plays on both sides of the ball and rolled to a 43-6 win over the previously unbeaten Knights to capture the Division 5 North championship at Donaldson Field.

The Crusaders scored a pair of second quarter touchdowns to take control, then kept coming at the shell-shocked Knights.

One of Fenwick’s best attributes this season is its focus, and the team was already looking ahead to its next hurdle — Abington (a 47-20 winner over Old Rochester) in a Div. 5 state semifinal.

“It’s a big accomplishment. We’ve worked hard since we were freshmen and it feels good to finally reach it. We went through a couple tough years and now we know all the hard work paid off,” senior defensive back Tommy Parsons said. “We just gotta keep going. This is just one accomplishment and we have a bigger goal.”

Just like tracking one of Nick Bona’s deep throws downfield, Fenwick has had its eyes on a title since last fall.

“At the end of last season, right away we hit the weight room, ran sprints, everything,” senior wide receiver Eric Razney said. “We just knew we’d have something special this year, but it’s not over yet. We have two more steps, two more of our goals to achieve.”

Fenwick treated Northeast like it was the best team on its schedule, then made the Knights look like a tiny speed bump. The Crusaders started slowly, but barely had to pump their brakes on their way to a one-sided wipeout.

Bona hit Razney for a 50-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, then connected with him again halfway through the second quarter from 51 yards for a 14-0 advantage. On both plays, Razney ran free like Northeast forgot it was supposed to cover him.

At that point it still felt like a game, though.

The Knights had only enjoyed moderate success moving the ball by then, but they were dominating time of possession. On their first play from scrimmage after Razney’s second touchdown, Christian Perez sliced through the Fenwick line and appeared to be tackled 4 or 5 yards downfield. The whistle never blew, however, and he bounced up and kept going, bobbling the ball at the same time.

What followed proved to be Northeast’s undoing.

“The kid was bobbling it and Matt Renzulli came up and cleaned the kid out and the ball was just rolling on the ground,” senior Charlie Maistrellis said. “Coleman Hebert picked it up and from there we knew that if we scored it basically put the game away right there.”

Facing a third-and-13 from the Northeast 40-yard line, Maistrellis lined up in the backfield for the first time. He took the handoff from Bona, swept around the left end and sprinted to paydirt. Kyle Russell added his third extra point and Fenwick’s lead increased to three scores.

“That was huge,” Bona agreed. “It gave us a good lead and I think it took the wind right out of Northeast.”

A blocked punt by Renzulli led to a Fenwick safety for a 23-0 advantage in the second half and a 10-yard touchdown run by Robert Carrillo on the ensuing drive pushed the Crusaders’ lead to 30-0. Maistrellis added a 54-yard punt return for a score and Brandon DeBerardinis, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound offensive lineman, scored from 1 yard out of a power formation to close Fenwick’s scoring.

Bona finished 5-of-10 for 123 yards. Razney had two catches for 101 yards and Maistrellis’ one carry for 40 yards led the Crusaders, who seemed to equally spread the wealth both offensively and defensively.

Northeast got its only points when Rosado broke a 25-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

“We didn’t underestimate them at all. We knew if we took them lightly we could come out and get smacked in the mouth,” Maistrellis said. “We just played like they were better than us. We played our hardest game.”