CPS strikes shape Fenwick's playoff landscape

Chicago juggernaut likely ineligible

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By James Kay

Sports Editor

Even with their 21-14 loss to St. Ignatius College Prep on Oct. 25, the Friars are on their way to the postseason. This marks the sixth time head coach Gene Nudo has led his team to the playoffs in the eight years he has held the reigns of Fenwick's football program.

However, the question remains whether the Friars will get the chance to compete on Nov. 2 against Payton College Prep as the teachers union strike against Chicago Public Schools continues to play out.

"We are practicing like we are going to play the game on Saturday," said Nudo. "If the game gets forfeited, then we are going to alter our schedule to get prepared for playing a game on [Nov. 3]. In either case, we have many things we can do to make ourselves a better football team until that time comes. Starting today, we are practicing for a game against Payton."

In order for Payton to be eligible to play on Saturday, they need to be in school on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week. In other words, the strike would have to end by Tuesday night (Oct. 29).

This would be a tough pill to swallow for Payton since it has gone undefeated this season (8-0). They did not play their last game against Kenwood because of the strike.

This season, they are averaging 49.9 points per game on offense while allowing only 10.1 points per game on the defensive end. In their last four games, Payton has averaged 54.5 points per game while surrendering 6 points during that span.

Fenwick (5-4) would benefit from an impasse between the teachers union and CPS but if a resolution is reached by Tuesday night, Fenwick would play Payton on the road at 6 p.m., Nov. 2.


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