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December 10, 2013

Unbeaten Crusaders earned their spot in program history

Once it was all over, Bishop Fenwick football coach Dave Woods could look back with certainty and express his feelings about the Division 5 Super Bowl champion Crusaders.

“They were so dominant,” Woods said of his team Saturday night after they defeated Northbridge, 28-0, at Gillette Stadium. “They’re the best team in this school’s history, no question.”

It’s hard to argue that point after Fenwick went 13-0 and outscored its opponents, 510-163.

The records this squad set were amazing, both as a group and individually. The 510 points were by far the most in program history; the previous record of 359 was held by the 1996 team (coached by Al Costabile) that went to the Super Bowl before losing to Hull to finish 11-1.

Woods also coached three other teams that scored more than 300 points. The 1999 Super Bowl winner posted 340 points in a 12-0 season, and the teams from Bobby Tarr’s junior (300 points in 2006) and senior (314 points in 2007) years.

The core group of players from this year’s club also registered a school-record 16-game win streak dating back to last year.

Individually, senior Nick Bona shattered his own season record for tackles by recording 218 this fall. For his career, Bona totaled 498 tackles; no other player in school history has ever reached 300.

Woods wouldn’t say that this Super Bowl title was any more satisfying than championships his teams won in 1999 and 2000, but it might be more memorable because of the way this year’s Crusaders did it.

“I don’t know if I’d say it was sweeter, but it’s more impressive in my mind,” Woods said.

The other team in Fenwick history that deserves to be in the conversation is the 1965 team that was the Class C state champions. That team was especially dominant on the defensive side of the ball, where it routinely held the opposition to less than 100 yards rushing in an era when teams didn’t throw the ball often.

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