St. Ignatius 14
Shaky special teams almost spoiled a special night for the Fenwick football team. After giving up a 97-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown by St. Ignatius' Mike Javorski, the Friars rebounded for a 28-14 win in Berwyn.
Playing at Morton West High School, Fenwick (5-1, 2-0 Catholic League White) celebrated its Homecoming with the first-ever night game in the school's history. With a huge contingent of "Friar Nation" in attendance-as described by the public address announcer-the Fenwick student body rushed the field after the history-making victory.
"With the student body coming down onto the field, the atmosphere was just great," said Fenwick coach Joe DiCanio. "It's a special day for Fenwick."
After Javorski's opening play touchdown burst, the Friars responded in decidedly more methodical fashion with a 10-play, 65-yard scoring drive, capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run from Greg Killingsworth to even the score at 7-7.
On the ensuing kickoff, Javorski once again broke free for a 94-yard return, however, a holding penalty on the Wolfpack negated the run. Although the Friars dodged that bullet, St. Ignatius' special teams struck again when Jeremiah Sheehy blocked Brewster Hague's punt with 4:10 left in the third. Two plays later, quarterback Alex Sener raced into the end zone from seven yards out to even the score at 14-14.
"Our special teams were atrocious," DiCanio said. "It kept [St. Ignatius] in the game, and our defense was on the field too long."
Fenwick compensated for its problematic play on kickoffs and punts courtesy of a strong running game led by Killingsworth (32 carries, 215 yards). Following the blocks of Emilio Alcaraz, Nick Edmonds, Nate Welch, Jon Osterhout and Conor Glazier, the elusive Killingsworth scored on a 15-yard touchdown run to put Fenwick up 14-7 midway through the second quarter.
"Our coaches prepared us well for this game," Killingsworth said. "The offensive line did an amazing job."
Killingsworth added his third touchdown on the night with a six-yard scamper with 3:45 left in the game.
Fenwick also showed some flair via the air when quarterback Joe Romano rolled out right to find Joe Musso on a 35-yard touchdown pass with six seconds remaining in the third quarter, giving the Friars a 21-14 edge.
Defensively, Jack Dittmer led the way for Fenwick with a pair of sacks and consistent pressure on Sener. Cornerback Jim Jodoin also had an interception.
Senior defensive back Quinton Wright made a huge play when he knocked Sener out of bounds on a fourth down-and 14 from the Friars' 35 in the fourth quarter.
"We fell apart a little bit at the beginning, but we bend and don't break," Wright said. "We put it back together and finished strong. [Tonight] was a great experience because it's always nice to play in front of the home fans."
The Friars host St. Rita at Morton on Saturday (1:30 p.m.). The Mustangs (5-1, 2-1 Catholic League Blue), are coming of a 24-0 loss suffered at the hands of Loyola.
Last year, the Mustangs defeated Fenwick 35-18 in the Prep Bowl playoffs en route to the championship with a 31-7 victory over Morgan Park. In 2006, the Mustangs won the Class 7A title.
"We're coming for St. Rita," Dittmer said. "They're a big-time school but we are not going to back down."