But there was much more. It was a 54-yard punt return for six more points off the fleet feet of Maistrellis. It was Mike Campatelli, a backup QB who was thrust into playing defensive tackle because of injuries and rewarding his coaches’ faith with several big stops. On one such play, he literally tackled Northeast’s Tango as he was taking a handoff, resulting in a 6-yard loss.
It was junior linebacker Coleman Hebert having his best game of the season, particularly in the first half when he resembled a mass of disruption in the Golden Knights’ backfield, highlighted by a fumble recovery. He and teammate David Hurley completely stuffed an attempted double reverse by the visitors on 4th-and-7 from the Fenwick 49, the only time the Commonwealth champions got into Crusader territory in the first half.
“The coaches had us very well prepared. Very well,” said Bona, who threw for 123 yards while also having his usual launched-out-of-a-cannon pursuit to the football defensively. “We saw what they were going to do and had some plays where we could take advantage. And defensively, so many guys came up big for us.”
Abington is up next for the Crusaders in next weekend’s Division 5 state semifinals; then, following a Thanksgiving Day tussle with Pingree, they’re hoping there’s one more game to play on the first Saturday in December at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It’s called the Super Bowl, and it’s what Fenwick has been dreaming of long before practices officially began in late August.
Based on what transpired last night, who would bet against them at this point?
Phil Stacey is the sports editor of The Salem News. Contact him at email@example.com or 978-338-2650, and follow him on Twitter @PhilStacey_SN.