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September 27, 2012

Football Focus: Well-conditioned Bishop Fenwick built for the long haul

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“We haven’t won a lot my first couple years here, so to have one of the wins be coach’s 100th is pretty cool,” added Bona. “We plan to win a lot more.”

The Crusaders are wary of Georgetown, a team they toppled for their first victory a year ago. In 2010, however, Georgetown upset Fenwick and the Black-and-Gold don’t want to see that happen again.

One of the biggest keys for Fenwick is the offensive line, led by tackle and captain John Coviello. The Crusaders have worn down their opponents, outscoring them 30-23 in the second half so far. Besides the difficulty defenses have tackling big bodies like Rushins and Hannon, its been on the Crusaders’ O-line to bulldoze the opponent.

“Those guys did a ton of work this summer. It wasn’t so much power lifting, but flipping tires, running — they did a lot of conditioning,” said Woods. “They’re in great shape, they did a lot of things to prevent injury and that’s shown in the fourth quarter.”

Frank Tambini, Brandon Deberadinis, Charlie St. Pierre and Dave Gleason have combined with Coviello to help the Crusaders average close to 6 yards per carry on the ground.

New line coach Matt Bouchard has been instrumental in teaching the line the proper technique and keeping them motivated, according to Coviello.

“The key is just staying motivated,” the captain said. “As a line, we can’t be satisfied with anything we do, ever, because then the opponent will come back and beat on us.”

Rushins is also averaging 21 carries per game and is showing that he’s durable enough to carry the load and do more damage to potential tacklers than they’re doing to him.

“Rufus is showing that he gets better as the game goes on,” said Woods.

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