Saturday, December 7, 2013

Postgame Blog: Bishop Fenwick Rolls in Division 5 Final

Bishop Fenwick after their Division 5 Super Bowl win.
By Joe Parello  @HerewegoJoe

What had the look of an intriguing Division 5 championship game quickly turned into a route as Bishop Fenwick toppled Northbridge 28-0.

The loss ended a season of resilience from the Rams, who battled back from a 1-2 start to capture a Central Mass crown, and punched their ticket to Gillette Stadium with a dramatic last-minute win over Hoosac Valley two weeks ago.

For Bishop Fenwick, it was a day of respect rightfully earned. The Crusaders proved they are in a class of their own in Division 5, and their physicality on both sides of the ball was simply too much for the Rams.

Rushins Rushin' All Over the Place

Bishop Fenwick's 230 lb. bowling ball running back Rufus Rushins finished his junior year with a bang, rushing 15 times for 158 yards and three scores against a stout Northbridge front.

The highlight of the day was Rushins' 40 yard touchdown run where he simply made one cut to the hole and never looked back. He's a big kid that can push the pile, and he said after the game that he runs a 4.7 second forty yard dash.

That's a lot to like, but most of his D1 college interest is coming for positions like linebacker and defensive end. He will definitely be a player to watch next season, as he hopes to draw more interest in himself as a running back.

Physical Domination

Northbridge had been great at the point of attack all year long, but the Rams were simply no match for Bishop Fenwick in the trenches on either side of the ball. The runs up the middle for sophomore quarterback Koby Schofer weren't there, and the rest of the offense unraveled as the Rams struggled to run the ball.

On the other side, Northbridge had no answer for Rushins or Crusader quarterback Nick Bona. Fenwick finished the game with 230 yards rushing on 32 carries, good for over seven yards a pop.

I don't care what defense you run or how explosive your offense is, you can't win when you're getting pushed around up front like that.

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