You make the call: Fenwick or Prairie Ridge?

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

The 13th-seeded Friars travel to Crystal Lake on Saturday to take on fourth-seeded Prairie Ridge (8-1) for the first round of the playoffs. Fenwick’s play this season has been mediocre at best, but then again the Friars compete in the bruising Blue Division of the Chicago Catholic League, home to such powerhouses as Loyola, Mt. Carmel and St. Rita.

Does playing in such a division prep the Friars (5-4) for a team like Prairie Ridge, who didn’t lose a game in the Fox Valley Conference and averaged 42 points this season, while holding opponents to a total of 49?   

We say it does. If ever there is an upset in the making it’s this one. The Friars nearly defeated St. Rita (8-1) this season, falling 14-13 after missing a two-point conversion attempt in the closing minutes of the game. Yes, they nearly blew a win over lowly Hales (2-7) — they ended up winning 14-13 in that league cross-over contest — but much of the team was banged up at the time and they did come back the next week and down Brother Rice 23-7 to qualify for the playoffs. 

Not only are the Friars battle-tested, they have another advantage in the fact that the game has been scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Prairie Ridge never played an afternoon game all season. Fenwick played seven games under the sun, winning four.

Fenwick head coach Joe DiCanio was dead-set on playing on Saturday. “I wouldn’t budge,” he said.  

Score: Do we dare predict 14-13, Friars? Hey, it’s close to Halloween and it would be a bit spooky if it ended up that way.

Now that we have weighed-in, tell us your prediction either here on the comment board or e-mail Brad Spencer at

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Jonny Doe  

Posted: October 29th, 2010 11:11 AM

Fenwick has been getting no respect from anyone this year. Shremp, head coach at Prarie Ridge continues this trend by saying that they aren't going to be taking Fenwick very seriously. Look for a fired up Fenwick team showing up, and out for blood on Saturday. I anticipate the offensive and defensive lines throwing around a much smaller Prairie Ridge team. I would be surprised if the Friars win by less than 30 points.

John Smith  

Posted: October 29th, 2010 11:01 AM

Fenwick will pound the wolves. I don't think people understand what this team has been through this season. I find it funny that they were predicted to go 2-7. It's about time people start giving the friars some respect. Look for the defensive and offensive lines to dominate this game. Niall Mulcahy, Glenn Somers, Steve Sreniawski, Jack Dunlap, Ricky Burke, and Ryan Horn will win battles upfront. Friars win 21-3, more than the 6 points the Prairie Ridge coach said the friars would score.

Russell Parker from Elmwood Park, IL  

Posted: October 29th, 2010 10:47 AM

Fenwick may have some momentum going, with the victory over Brother Rice. Don't know much about Prairie Ridge, but they put points on the board seemingly easily. The Friars' "high-spirited" defense will be the key. Which Friar team will show up - the team that played well against St. Rita and Brother Rice, or the let down effort against Loyola? Playing on the road is a negative for the Friars this season. My best to the Friars, but I see it, Prairie Ridge 27 Fenwick 14. On to the Prep Bowl next. from Bloomington, IN  

Posted: October 29th, 2010 8:58 AM

Friars 24, Prairie Ridge 14Pat Hart will dominate. Friars have a lot more size and will just beat up the smaller Wolves. Glen Somers will terrorize opposing rb's. Go Friars!

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