Friars down Brother Rice, advance to playoffs

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

The Fenwick football team capped off the regular season by downing Brother Rice 23-7 at Morton West High School on Saturday afternoon, a victory that helped the Friars celebrate homecoming and Senior Day, and one in which qualified them for the Class 6A playoffs to begin next week.

Jack Stibich scored twice for the Friars, scampering in from 28 yards with 5:58 left in the opening quarter and sprinting from 48 yards out with 38 seconds left in the third. Stibich finished the day with 119 yards rushing on 12 carries. But his exploits didn’t stop there. The junior also had seven tackles and an interception on defense.

“Jack is one of those kids that doesn’t come around too often in a coach’s time,” said Fenwick head coach Joe DiCanio. “He’s a great student and a great player. He’s a force on both sides of the ball.”

The Friars (5-4) took a 13-0 lead in the second quarter when Eric Hulihan hit Quinn Murphy on a halfback pass for a 22-yard touchdown.

Brother Rice got on the board just before halftime when Martez Walker scored from seven yards out with 48 seconds left on the clock.

After Stibich’s 48-yard TD run in the third, Zach Laszkiewicz closed out the scoring for the day with a 29-yard field goal in the fourth.

The Friars, who are the 13th seed in Class 6A, travel to Crystal Lake to take on fourth-seeded Prairie Ridge (8-1) on Saturday for the first round of the playoffs.

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