The Fenwick football team remained unbeaten under the direction of new head coach Gene Nudo after notching a 16-6 win over Marmion on Friday. Making their first ever appearance at Riverside-Brookfield High School, the host Friars featured a strong running game, a stingy defense and a pair of touchdown passes from junior quarterback Gino Cavalieri to wear down the Cadets.
“We’re pleased with our progress,” Nudo said. “We can be more consistent; that will come in time. Two months ago, these kids didn’t know any of our nomenclature, but they are picking it up well.”
Fenwick (2-0) posted two scores in the first quarter to seize a lead it would never relinquish. Cavalieri connected with Dan Lattner on an eight-yard touchdown pass at the 8:02 mark to put the Friars up 6-0. Cavalieri struck again with three minutes remaining in the quarter on a one-yard toss to Robert Spillane. Zach Laskiewicz kicked the PAT to extend the score to 13-0.
With 4:35 left until halftime, Laskiewicz nailed a 27-yard field goal to cap off the Friars’ impressive run of 16 unanswered points.
“I thought we were very sharp running the ball and through the air our first couple of possessions,” Nudo said. “Geno Cavalieri did a nice job of managing the game and Robert Spillane is a big part of our offense. Bobby Somers also did a nice job running the ball.”
Cavalieri (12-for-19, 100 yards passing), Spillane (20 carries, 134 yards rushing, four catches, 39 yards) and Somers (7 carries, 41 yards) led a diversified offense, which produced 345 yards and won the time of possession battle 27:43 to 20:17. Laskiewicz has sparked the special teams, consistently booting kickoffs for touchbacks (10 this season) during the opening two weeks of play.
Fenwick, which has outscored the opposition 61-6 in its two games this season, has been equally impressive on defense. A week removed from a shutout of Hales highlighted by four interceptions, the Friars’ defense held Marmion to just a third quarter touchdown.
It’s been a collective effort for the Friars’ swarming defense as Nudo praised the contributions of Rich Schoen, Pat Hart, Nick Hall, John Dvorak, Danny Figliulo, Rich Lasek and Will Fogarty.
Charlie Faunce scored the Cadets’ lone touchdown from a yard out at 4:06 of the third quarter, while Jordan Glascow paced the Marmion offense with 116 yards rushing on 21 attempts. Overall, the Cadets racked up 269 yards of total offense.
The Friars turn their attention this week to St. Rita, which takes on Fenwick this Saturday (7:30 p.m.) at Morton West. The Mustangs (1-1) are averaging 37 points per game and feature offensive threats Tim Lombard and Guerby Ministre. St. Rita, which advanced to the Class 7A semifinals last year, has won 10 or more games the last six seasons.
“St. Rita is a very talented, big and physical football team,” Nudo said. “They are contenders to win their [Catholic Blue] league and a state title. We’ll certainly need to rise to the occasion and play a good ballgame in order to win.”