, Salem, MA


December 2, 2013

Road to Glory

Only one week of practice remains for the Bishop Fenwick football team, which will take on Northbridge Saturday night (8 p.m.) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough in the Division 5 Super Bowl.

The Crusaders, who take a 12-0 record into the title game, have a lot of preparation ahead of them and are only focused on what’s to come, but here’s a game-by-game breakdown of how Fenwick has cruised through the 2013 season:

Game 1: Bishop Fenwick 54, Hamilton-Wenham 27

Summary: Fenwick trailed 21-17 at halftime, but blew the doors off Hamilton-Wenham in the second half, scoring on four straight possessions and outscoring the Generals 23-0 in the fourth quarter. Fenwick ran for more than 400 yards with junior Rufus Rushins collecting 184 yards and four touchdowns, and senior quarterback Nick Bona adding 108 yards on the ground.

Momentum changer: Hamilton-Wenham regained the lead in the second half, but senior captain Charlie Maistrellis took the ensuing kickoff back 90 yards for a score, and Fenwick never looked back.

They said it: “I thought we came out a little slow, but once we got the swing of things we hit the ground running,” Bona said. “We finally got warmed up. We haven’t played a real game in nine months, but everything started clicking in the second half.”

Game 2: Bishop Fenwick 41, North Shore Tech 0

Summary: The Fenwick defense made its first big impression of the season, giving the Bulldogs no room to move all night and recording its only shutout of the season. The Crusaders took advantage of premium field position all night and finished their possessions with points. Rushins carried the ball 15 times for 83 yards and a pair of short TDs while Bona had six carries for 70 yards, including a 56-yard touchdown run. Junior Robert Carrillo broke a 75-yard touchdown run in the second half and led Fenwick with 85 yards rushing.

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