Despite a very tough Class 7A bracket, Fenwick is focused on a deep playoff run. The Friars open against Hersey at Elmhurst College on Friday (7 p.m.). (David Pierini/Staff Photographer)

Fenwick finished 8-1 during the regular season, highlighted by winning another Chicago Catholic League White Division championship. Featuring a potent offense with stars like quarterback Gino Cavalieri, running back Robert Spillane, tight end Ryan Smith and wide receiver Rich Schoen, the Friars typically overpowered opponents particularly in White Division games. Schoen was even more of a difference maker on defense along with fellow defensive stalwarts like nose tackle Chris Hawthorne, Spillane at linebacker, linebacker Jack Rafferty and cornerbacks Keshaun Smith and Aaron Garland.

LTHS, which has advanced to the Class 8A playoffs the past three seasons, finished the regular season in strong fashion to qualify for the postseason. The Lions edged Proviso West 21-20 in their regular season finale at Bennett Field to secure a playoff berth. Offensively, quarterback Tommy Fiedler and running back Leonard Ross led the Lions. LTHS also features several solid wide receivers including Marcell Kellum, Matt Mrazek and Sam Shea.

Class 8A and 7A first-round games are listed below:

CLASS 8A PLAYOFFS

First Round Games (Friday Nov.1/Saturday Nov. 2)

#16 Lane (5-4) at #1 Loyola Academy (8-1), Saturday, 1 pm

#9 Notre Dame (6-3) at #8 Fremd (6-3), Friday, 7 pm

#13 Dundee-Crown (6-3) at #4 OPRF (8-1), Friday, 7:30 pm

#12 Niles West (6-3) at #5 Maine South (7-2), Saturday, 4 pm

#15 Evanston (5-4) at #2 Barrington (8-1), Saturday, 6 pm

#10 Warren (6-3) at #7 Glenbrook South (7-2), Saturday, 6 pm

#14 New Trier (5-4) at #3 Glenbard North (8-1), Friday, 7:30 pm

#11 St. Charles East (6-3) at #6 Stevenson (7-2), Saturday, 3 pm

#16 Bloom (5-4) at #1 Bolingbrook (9-0), Saturday, 6 pm

#9 Plainfield South (6-3) at #8 Marist (6-3), Friday, 7:30 pm

#13 Hinsdale Central (5-4) at #4 Oswego (7-2), Saturday, 6:30 pm

#12 Naperville North (5-4) at #5 Waubonsie Valley (7-2), Saturday, 3 pm

#15 Sandburg (5-4) at #2 Homewood-Flossmoor (8-1), Friday, 7 pm

#10 Downers Grove South (6-3) at #7 Naperville Central (6-3), Friday, 7 pm

#14 O’Fallon (5-4) at #3 Neuqua Valley (8-1), Friday, 7 pm

 #11 Lyons (5-4) vs. #6 Simeon (6-3) at Gately Stadium, Saturday, 3:30 pm

CLASS 7A PLAYOFFS

First Round Games (Friday Nov.1/Saturday Nov. 2)

#16 Elk Grove (6-3_ at #1 Lake Zurich (8-1), Saturday, 1 pm

#9 Highland Park (7-2) at #8 Hononegah (7-2), Saturday, 2 pm

#13 Hersey (6-3) vs. #4 Fenwick (8-1) at Elmhurst College, Friday, 7 pm

#12 Glenbrook North (6-3) at #5 Wheaton (North) (7-2) Friday, 7:30 pm

#15 Schurz (6-3) at #2 Schaumburg (8-1), Friday, 7 pm

#10 St. Patrick (6-3) at #7 Geneva (7-2), Friday, 7:30 pm

#14 Harlem (6-3) at #3 Glenbard West (8-1), Saturday, 1 pm

#11 Conant (6-3) at #6 Jacobs (7-2), Friday, 7:30 pm

 #8 Downers Grove North (5-4) vs. #1 Whitney Young (9-0) at Lane Stadium, Friday, 7 pm

#5 Wheaton Warrenville South (7-2) vs. #4 Dunbar (8-1) at Gately Stadium, Friday, 4:15 pm

#7 Benet Academy (6-3) vs. #2 Mt. Carmel (8-1) at Gately Stadiuim, Friday, 7:30 pm

#6 Willowbrook (7-2) at #3 St. Rita (8-1), Friday, 7 pm

#8 Andrew (5-4) at #1 Edwardsville (9-0), Friday, 7 pm

#5 Bradley-Bourbonnais (6-3) at #4 Pekin (6-3), Friday, 7 pm

#7 Oswego East (6-3) at #2 Belleville West (7-2), Saturday, 1 pm

#6 Plainfield East (6-3) at #3 Lincoln-Way East (7-2), Friday, 7 pm