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December 10, 2013

Unbeaten Crusaders earned their spot in program history

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No matter how many more times Fenwick advances to and wins Super Bowl titles, this year’s team will always have to be considered among the best — if not the premier team in program history.

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This senior class has really made its mark on the Fenwick program. In fact, it helped bring Crusader football back to the top of the heap in the Catholic Central League.

As freshmen, Bona and Charlie Maistrellis each started as defensive backs while players like Eric Razney, Charlie St. Pierre, James Traversy and Tommy Parsons started making their presence felt as sophomores.

Fenwick had back-to-back 3-8 seasons in 2010 and 2011 before turning the corner last year with an 8-3 mark. The Crusaders believed they could have captured the league title last fall and made it a mission ever since to win a Super Bowl.

“We turned this program around,” Razney, a wide receiver/cornerback, said after Fenwick shut out Northbridge. “We couldn’t have asked for anything better. I’m sad to see it go, but I’m glad how it ended. There’s no more high school football (for us) ever again, but it is awesome.”

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Razney and Maistrellis each finished their careers with some impressive receiving stats. Razney finished with 63 catches for 1,062 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Maistrellis grabbed 52 passes for 985 yards and nine scores.

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Speaking of statistics, perhaps no one in Fenwick history has been more productive than junior running back Rufus Rushins. So far through three seasons, Rushins has 519 carries for 3,793 yards, plus 51 touchdowns. The aforementioned Tarr, Fenwick’s record-breaking running back, entered his senior year having carried the ball 336 times for 3,032 yards and 38 touchdowns.

It would take a big season, but Tarr’s record of 5,601 rushing yards is not out of reach for Rushins. The Lynn native needs 1,808 yards to tie Tarr.

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