After a much-needed win against Leo in Week 4, the Fenwick High School football team’s fighting spirit was on full display during a 28-27 win against St. Laurence on Sept. 28 at Triton College in River Grove.
Trailing 13-0 at halftime, Fenwick rallied with timely plays on offense, defense and special teams in the second half.
With less than a minute left in the fourth quarter, the Friars made their move. Junior quarterback Danny Cronin threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Mitch Lopez with 33 seconds left. Kicker Bryan Dowd made the extra point to tie the score at 21.
In overtime, Cronin scored on a 12-yard run to put the Friars ahead 28-21. The Vikings responded with a touchdown; however, the Friars’ stuffed a 2-point conversion attempt by St. Laurence to seal their homecoming victory.
Fenwick senior Konrad Skowyra made the play of the game, blocking Liam McCarthy’s punt and returning it 71 yards for a touchdown.
Skowyra and Max Forst (7 tackles apiece), Tim Carey (3.5 tackles) and Jared Perry (interception) led the defense.
Cronin completed 6 of 15 passes for 57 yards and a TD. He added a pair of rushing touchdowns, including the game-winner in OT. Lopez (17 carries, 79 yards) and Marcus Wright (4 catches, 46 yards) also contributed offensively.
Fenwick (2-4, 1-1 CCL Green) hosts Montini on Friday, Oct. 5. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Triton College.
Roadrunners crush Carmel
The Nazareth Academy football team remained unbeaten with a 55-17 demolition of host Carmel on Friday. The Roadrunners (6-0, 4-0 East Suburban Catholic) scored five touchdowns in the first half to build a 48-10 lead.
Sophomore quarterback J.J. McCarthy continued his efficiency behind center, completing 14 of 15 passes for 236 yards and five TDs. Running back Derrick Strongs rushed for 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 18 carries. Led by Diamond Evans (7 catches, 116 yards, TD) and Michael Love (6 catches, 52 yards, 2 TDs), four receivers reached the end zone for Nazareth.
Led by Marcus Griffin, Louis Stec and Cameron Leach, the defense has been impressive all season as well.
“With all of the preseason press we received, we were very aware that each team we play would be ready and gunning for us,” Nazareth coach Tim Racki said. “This helps not looking past any opponent. Our senior class has many three-year starters so their past experience has really helped avoid complacency issues. Their leadership and focus has been outstanding.”
Nazareth hosts Marist (5-1, 4-0) in an ESCC showdown on Friday, Oct. 5. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Valenta Stadium.
The Roadrunners have outscored their opponents 234-53, while the Redhawks own a 204-78 scoring advantage.
“It will be a great game between two very balanced and physical teams,” Racki said. “Marist matches up well with our speed. This is the kind of game that will provide each team with a great pre-playoff type game experience regardless of which team comes out on top.”