Boston High School: Dave Woods

D5 final: Bishop Fenwick 28, Northbridge 0

December, 7, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It became clear early on that the only thing that could stop Bishop Fenwick running back Rufus Rushins was the end of the season.

The 6-1, 230-pound junior tailback, who finished the year with 1,366 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, capped his impressive season with perhaps his biggest performance yet Saturday in the Crusader's easy win over Northbridge, 28-0, in the MIAA Division 5 state championship game.

He ripped off 170 yards on just 15 carries, scoring on touchdowns runs of 59-yards, 5-yards and 2-yards, to lead Fenwick’s high-powered offense it’s 13th straight game with scoring at least 28 points.

“Rufus is a big strong kid and he’s tough to tackle,” said Fenwick coach Dave Woods. “He’s got some good speed. A couple of his runs early were just shoestring tackles, and he got tripped up here or there. With him it’s just a matter of time. Just keep giving him the ball and sooner or later he’s going to break one.”

Defensively, the Crusaders trend of bullying other teams continued as they held the Rams to negative rushing yardage into the fourth quarter.

“This is the best team we played all year, no doubt about that,” said Northbridge coach Ken LaChappelle. “This is an outstanding team. They have everything, everywhere: the line, the back, quarterback was excellent.”

It was the defense that set the tone for this one first, forcing a 3-and-out in the opening minute of the game.

The offense, not to be outdone, marched right down the field before quarterback Nick Bona delivered a pass into the outstretched hands of receiver Eric Razney for a 39-yard touchdown less than a minute and a half later.

Northbridge was able to keep Fenwick’s offense from finding the end zone again until midway through the second when Rushins took a dive two yards up the middle for his score of the night. He added a two-point conversion rush to make it 14-0.

Early in the third quarter, Rushins delivered a dagger to the hopes of Northbridge by taking a dive 49 yards up the gut to extend the lead to 21-0 just 1:35 in the second half.

“I saw green grass, and I just booked as fast as I could,” Rushins said. “I knew I was going right down the field.”

He added another score, a 5-yard run, with 3:57 left in the third to make it 28-0 to cap the scoring.

Northbridge’s best scoring chance came late in the fourth quarter when they advanced into the red zone for first and only time in the contest.

They made it to the 14-yard line before David Hurley stepped in front of a pass headed toward the end zone for a shutout-sealing interception.

“Without question this is the greatest team this school has ever had,” said Woods. “I’m just so happy, it was so much fun coaching these guys.”

Recap: Bishop Fenwick 48, Austin Prep 18

October, 12, 2013
PEABODY, Mass. -– Bishop Fenwick put over 40 points on the board for the fourth consecutive week, but it was its defense that stood out on Friday.

Eric Razney and Tommy Parsons each reeled in an interception for the Crusaders (5-0) and linebacker David Hurley totaled 10 tackles, while Nick Bona and James Traversey were all over the field, resulting in a 48-18 Fenwick victory over Austin Prep (4-1).

“They are three guys who have been playing for three, four years,” Fenwick coach Dave Woods said of linebackers Hurley, Bona, and Traversey, “They know how to play disciplined defense, and it showed tonight for sure."

There were a lot of playoff implications coming into the game, the two squads were tied for the top seed in Division 5 North—with the winner taking over sole possession of first place. The Crusaders wasted no time in getting started offensively in the first half, Bona (252 total yards, 3 TD’s) ran a 47-yard quarterback keeper that later resulted in a Rufus Rushins (80 yards, TD) touchdown, then threw a touchdown each to Razney and Charlie Maistrellis.

“Nick makes the whole team go, both offense and defense,” Woods said. “He did it tonight, a couple times we tried to throw the ball and they pressured him so he just scrambled—those are plays that you can’t account for, and when you have a quarterback that can do that, it’s pretty special.”

Bona added his third touchdown late in the second quarter, running it in from seven yards out to give the Crusaders an intimidating 28-0 lead. Moments later, Nick Mulcahy broke the shutout and got Austin Prep on the board before halftime.

“He does everything, on both sides of the ball. You watch him kickoff, he makes every tackle on the kickoff, and on defense he’s all over the place -- he had 20 tackles last week against Spellman, he throws touchdowns, he runs with it. He’s a player.”

After a called back kick return at the end of the first half that would have been a touchdown, Razney just couldn’t be stopped from getting into the end zone, bringing a 77-yard kick return back for a touchdown on the first play of the third quarter. After originally being aggravated with the called back touchdown return, Razney tried to quickly erase it from his memory.

“Honestly, I just try to forget about it. I couldn’t let it get to me. I was a little frustrated in the first half, but I just try to block it out -- I had a lot of blocks set for me and I just took it down,” he said.

The Fenwick defense was lights-out in the third quarter, as the linebacker-led group held Austin Prep to just six points going into the fourth. Jonathan Saurman caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Connor Duffy and Christos Kourkoulos ran in a 55-yard score late in the game, but it was too little too late.

“We had a short week, so we really had just one day defensively to prepare. David [Hurley] did a phenomenal job, especially in the first half -- he was just reading his keys and flying to exactly to where he was supposed to be, taking plays away,” Woods said.

Now with sole possession of the top seed in Division 5 North, Fenwick will have no problem staying focused when they travel to league rival St. Mary’s next Saturday. With the win, the Crusaders would clinch at least a share of the Catholic Central Large title.

“We’ve been playing good all year, every day in practice we’re always sound, we’re focused and we’re ready to go,” Bona said. “Our defense is what wins us games, not our offense. I know our offense has been putting up points, but our defense has been unbelievable.”