It's been a rough ride this season for the Fenwick football team and Saturday's showdown with Loyola wasn't much different. The Friars fell 31-7 to the Ramblers in Wilmette, conceding any chance of competing in the IHSA State playoffs.
The Blue Division of the Catholic League has been living up to its powerhouse status this season. Football programs with burgeoning numbers have welcomed the Friars from the White Division with open arms.
"It's going to take us some time," said Joe DiCanio at the outset of the season. "We're not going to be on that level right off the bat. It's a numbers thing. We need time to build up our program and have the same numbers as our competition. That will come down the road."
The Friars (3-5, 1-4) have held their own in most games this season, but now with the loss to Loyola and an upcoming showdown with undefeated Mt. Carmel their disparity is quite evident.
The Ramblers (4-4. 2-3) stymied Fenwick's offense consistently, not allowing the Friars any points until the fourth quarter when quarterback Brien Rooney scampered in from 13-yards out and Pat Mulhern's extra point was good. But by then the damage had been done. Loyola was comfortably leading 31-7.
The Ramblers got on the board in the first quarter when Joe Suhey burrowed in from a yard out. Tim Harvey's
extra-point was good.
Harvey nailed a 26-yard field goal in the second to raise Loyola's lead to 10-0 by halftime. Running back Connor Detjen struck in the second half, scoring two TDs, one from a yard out and another on a 78-yard run. Detjen finished with 123 yards rushing on the day.
Fenwick was held to just 223 yards of total offense on the day and turned the ball over six times. Rooney (8-of-22, 107 yards) was intercepted four times, one of which was returned 60 yards for a touchdown by Coleman McDonagh.
A daunting task awaits the Friars this Saturday. Fenwick hosts the Caravan (8-0, 5-0) at St. Laurence High School on Senior Day with kick-off at 1 p.m.