Momentum changer: Fenwick blocked two punts — one for a touchdown — and forced another short punt with pressure. The Crusaders scored 20 points off those changes in possession.
They said it: “I thought my kids fought hard and that’s all I can ask them to do, but we weren’t going to beat this football team tonight,” North Shore Tech coach Paul Worth said.
Game 3: Bishop Fenwick 46, Arlington Catholic 14
Summary: Arlington Catholic took an early lead, but the Crusaders overpowered the hosts and wore them down thanks to Rushins and Bona. Rushins ran for 186 yards and three TDs and Bona threw for 122 yards and two scores while also running for 84 yards and another touchdown.
Momentum changer: Fenwick spent most of the first half chasing the Cougars, trying to take control. Fenwick had a 26-14 lead at the half, but Bona’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Eric Razney in the third quarter put the Crusaders in complete control.
They said it: “Championship teams don’t do things like that,” Fenwick coach Dave Woods said about his team’s sloppy play in the first half. “I think the kids came out a little more focused in the second half. That’s the difference between being a real good team and being a championship team.”
Game 4: Bishop Fenwick 42, Cardinal Spellman 20
Summary: This was Fenwick’s statement game. The Crusaders went on the road to Brockton — maybe the toughest place to play in the Catholic Central League — and punished the Cardinals. Unveiling their “power” formation with lineman Brandon DeBerardinis and David Hurley in the backfield with Rushins, the Crusaders controlled time and possession in the second half while pulling away from Spellman. Rushins finished with 245 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Momentum changer: Fenwick forced a fumble in the first quarter and senior cornerback Tommy Parsons scooped it up and raced 70 yards for a touchdown that gave the Crusaders an early two-score lead.