Bishop Fenwick began playing football in 1962, and its most recent season was arguably the best in school history. But that doesn’t mean choosing the best players in program history is any easier. Here is a solid list of some of the best players to ever wear the Brown & Gold:

NICK BONA

Quarterback/Linebacker

2010-2013

* The best two-way player in school history, Bona made more of a mark on the defensive side of the ball

* Recorded 218 tackles as a senior and finished his career with a school-record 498 tackles

* Started at safety as a freshman

* Threw for 1,407 yards and 17 touchdowns and ran for 889 and 12 more scores as a senior

* Led Crusaders to a 13-0 record in 2013, capped off by a Division 5 Super Bowl win at Gillette Stadium

* Completed career with 1,697 yards passing with 21 TDs, 1,047 rushing yards and 13 TDs, and 463 receiving yards with seven more scores

* Will continue his career at Stonehill College

DEREK COLLINS

Fullback/Linebacker

1998-99

* Another excellent two-way player who was the heart and soul of two excellent Crusader teams

* A ferocious hitter/tackler in the middle of Fenwick’s defense

* Helped the Crusaders to a pair of Catholic Central League titles in 1998 and ’99

* Accumulated 1,362 yards rushing and 482 receiving in his career

* Scored four TDs in a 35-6 win over Archbishop Williams early in his senior season

* Ran for 71 yards and a TD and caught six passes for 94 yards and another score in Fenwick’s 28-26 Division 4A Super Bowl win over Norwell in 1999

BOBBY TARR

Running back

2005-07

* Graduated as the North Shore’s all-time leading rusher and third overall in the state with 5,601 yards

* Ran for 372 yards in a Thanksgiving Day win over Austin Prep his junior year

* Went over 200 yards rushing in a game 16 times during his career

* Had four games of 300 yards or more

* Scored 70 rushing touchdowns

* Battered injury and illness but had a solid football career at Bentley University

MIKE CRANNEY

Tight End

1986-88

* Set what was a school record with eight catches against Cardinal Spellman in 1987

* Held the school record for catches in a season for over 20 years, snagging 51 passes during his senior year

* Finished his career with 71 catches, a school record at the time

* Was the first Bishop Fenwick player named to the Shriner’s Football Classic

* Went on to play tight end at the University of New Hampshire

* Was a Wildcats captain his senior year and won the Jack French Unsung Hero Award

JOHN MANNING

Running back

1963-64

* Not overly fast or physical, Manning found a way to elude defenders and break tackles

* According to assistant coach Ralph LeDuc, Manning could take a hit, wiggle out of a tackle and break away

* Scored on a 40-yard run for the game’s only points in Fenwick’s season-opening win over Hamilton-Wenham in 1964

* Found the end zone three times in a shutout win over Cathedral

* Scored the game-winning touchdown and outdueled Boston College-bound Fred Willis in an upset win over Marian

* Named MVP as a senior after helping the Crusaders take care of St. Mary’s on Thanksgiving

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