The Fenwick football team had no problem getting past the Gordon Tech Saturday afternoon at historic Lane Stadium.
Fenwick routed the Rams 40-7 in a Chicago Catholic League crossover matchup as senior quarterback Gino Cavalieri threw three first-quarter touchdown passes setting the tone for a comfortable victory. Although the Friars close with arguably their toughest portion of the schedule (Providence, at De La Salle, St. Laurence), the possibility of an undefeated regular season remains well intact as Fenwick improved to 6-0 after their demolition of Gordon Tech.
After hooking up with tight end Ryan Smith on a pair of touchdowns, Cavalieri connected with wide receiver Rich Schoen via a 14-yard pass play on a fourth down extending the Friars' lead to 20-0 against Gordon Tech with 3:48 left in the opening quarter.
"We just ran through our plays and kept everything crisp," Cavalieri said about the Friars' auspicious start. "You get the job done and let the second string guys get in and do their work."
Cavalieri certainly turned in an efficient performance completing 7 of 9 passes for 91 yards and three touchdowns. Smith nabbed three catches for 39 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back Robert Spillane rushed for 91 yards on nine carries with a touchdown.
Defensively, the Friars turned in another shutdown performance, as defensive backs Danny Shannon and David Durkin along with linebacker Michael Krecek each had an interception against the Rams, who fell to 2-4 on the season.
About midway through the second quarter, the ubiquitous Schoen returned a punt 39 yards to the Gordon Tech 25, setting up two big running plays from junior running back Pat Donahue. Donahue blew past the Rams' defense for a 22-yard run, followed by a 3-yard touchdown run off right tackle, powering the Friars to a 34-0 lead.
The Friars scored on their first five possessions of the game. Conversely, Gordon Tech struggled offensively all afternoon. David Holiday scored the Rams' lone touchdown on a 7-yard run in the third quarter.
With several blowout wins this season, Fenwick head coach Gene Nudo values the opportunity to empty his bench whenever possible.
"Everybody works so hard, and everybody should have the opportunity to play," he said. "We've been lucky enough the last couple of weeks to get all of our guys in. When they play, they'll get better."
Fenwick hosts Providence at Concordia University Saturday (1:30 p.m.) for homecoming. Although the Celtics are a pedestrian 3-3 overall, their record is deceptive considering two of their losses came in the rugged Chicago Catholic League Blue including a 37-14 loss to St. Rita over the weekend.