Although the Fenwick High School football team would have really cherished a win over reigning Class 8A state champion Loyola Academy in Week 5 (Loyola defeated Fenwick 52-21), the Friars earned a more important 47-7 victory against host Marmion on Friday night.
The Friars’ victory over the Cadets in Aurora improved their record to 5-1 overall with a 2-0 mark in the Chicago Catholic League Green Division. Considering that the Friars’ first goal on their wish list is to a CCL division title, the team remains on track to a terrific season.
Fenwick excelled offensively against Marmion with contributions from several players. Senior running back Conner Lillig had 19 carries for 133 yards and a touchdown, while Jackson Haeflinger chipped in six carries for 33 yards and a TD. Fenwick rushed for 172 yards on 34 carries overall.
Senior quarterback Jacob Keller was 8-for-17 with 86 passing yards and two TDs. His favorite targets were wide receivers Sherman Martin (4 catches, 94 yards, 2 TDS) and Mike O’Laughlin (3 catches, 43 yards, TD).
On defense, Fenwick kept the pressure on the Cadets with four sacks. Adrian Nourse, Ellis Taylor, Jason Ivery and promising freshman Jacob Kaminski each had a sack. Lorente Blakeney (5 tackles) and Brett Moorman (4.5 tackles) also played major roles on limiting the Cadets’ offense. In terms of scoring, Marty Stein returned an interception for a TD and Nourse recorded a safety.
Fenwick hosts Providence Catholic on Friday, Oct. 8. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Triton College in River Grove.
Only a couple weeks removed from upsetting reigning Class 8A state champion, Glenbard West (18-14), the Lions must gear up again for Friday’s 7:30 p.m. showdown versus archrival Hinsdale Central at Bennett Field in Western Springs.
LTHS tuned up for the highly anticipated meeting with the Red Devils by defeating Downers Grove North 23-6 on Saturday afternoon. Playing without starting quarterback Ben Bryant (dislocated fingers) and in inclement weather, LTHS appeared out of rhythm en route to a 3-0 halftime lead.
The Lions picked up their play in the second half, however, with running back Reggie Terrell taking the lead. He scored three rushing touchdowns in the second half and finished with 193 rushing yards.
Defensively, LTHS had four interceptions against Downers Grove North. The Lions picked off three passes during their victory over Glenbard West.
Entering the final third of the season, the Lions (6-0, 3-0), Hinsdale Central (6-0, 4-0) and Oak Park and River Forest (6-0, 3-0) are undefeated in conference. Glenbard West (4-2, 2-2) will watch its eight-year run as conference champs snapped by either one or a combination of the aforementioned three contenders.
The Roadrunners produced just enough offense to earn a 10-0 victory over uncharacteristically winless Joliet Catholic. Quarterback AJ Rouse threw a 25-yard TD pass to David Oglesby in the second quarter and kicker Aidan Bresnahan added a 35-yard field goal in the third for Nazareth (3-3, 1-3).
Devin Blakley (10 carries, 80 yards) and Cameron Weeks (18 carries, 65 yards) led the Roadrunners in rushing. Wes Lones led defensively with two solo tackles and 15 assisted tackles.
RBHS boys soccer
The Bulldogs continued their excellent play under first-year head coach Ivek Halic. RBHS blew out Illiana Christian 6-0 and edged Fenton 1-0 last week in Metro Suburban Conference action.
RBHS (11-2-2) visits Wheaton Academy on Thursday, Oct. 6. (6:30 p.m.).
RBHS girls volleyball
The Bulldogs outdueled conference rival Glenbard South 25-22, 25-22 to earn a share of the conference lead with the Raiders at 7-1 each. Senior outside hitter Dana Rettke led offensively with 15 kills and two aces. Setters Maria Gonzales and Leah Rettke had nine assists apiece. Gia Cinkay turned in a solid all-around performance with six kills, two blocks and seven digs.
RBHS (20-5) consolidated their strong showing against Glenbard South with a second-place finish at the Oswego Invite. The Bulldogs beat Vernon Hills, Oswego, Chicago Christian and Crete-Monee to notch four wins at the tourney and post a 6-1 record for the week.
Fenwick girls volleyball
The Friars (18-5) won five of seven matches highlighted by a win against Providence. McKenzie Moorman had 18 kills and Margaret Planek added 11 kills and three aces against the Celtics. Mary Marzo dished out 29 assists for the victors.
Over the weekend, Fenwick went 4-1 at the Latin Tournament with wins over St. Ignatius, Trinity, Montini and Providence.
Fenwick girls swimming
Brooke West won the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle to lead the Friars to fourth place at the Sandburg Invitational. In the relay races, Fenwick placed second in the medley and third in the in 400-yard freestyle.