Momentum changer: Bona connected with Maistrellis (34 yards) and Razney (66 yards) for touchdowns on back-to-back possessions to put the Crusaders in complete control.
They said it: “The way these kids ran through the league is pretty impressive, with no close games. I’ve never seen it since I’ve been here (16 years),” Woods said.
Game 8, Division 5 North first round: Bishop Fenwick 33, St. Mary’s 12
Summary: Fenwick faced its stiffest challenge to date, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away from the Spartans. The victory didn’t come without a loss, however, as Rushins was knocked out of the game with a dislocated elbow. Maistrellis’ athleticism was on display in this win. He ran for a 26-yard TD in the first quarter and added a 27-yard score in the fourth. He also made a big catch for a 34-yard gain to set up his second touchdown. Bona threw for 129 yards and ran for 70 yards and two scores.
Momentum changer: Maistrellis’ second touchdown gave Fenwick a 26-12 lead with 8:36 to go.
They said it: “Somebody asked me about a week ago, ‘If your kids are going to be in a tough game, how do you think they’ll respond?’ We answered that tonight, no question,” Woods said.
Game 9, Division 5 North semifinals: Bishop Fenwick 28, Austin Prep 12
Summary: Playing without Rushins, Bona came through with several big plays. The senior signal caller ran for 111 yards and threw for 55 yards and a score. Bona helped Fenwick convert on four fourth down plays.
Momentum changer: Leading 7-6 but facing a 4th-and-10, Bona dropped back to pass and faced heavy pressure from the Cougars. He tucked it away and broke free for a 25-yard touchdown run that ended up being the game-winner.
They said it: “It was definitely a lot of heart. Most of the plays we were running on fourth down, you could hear them saying what they were. They knew what play was coming and we just had to make something of it,” Bona said.