Fenwick QB Gino Cavalieri lights up Marmion defense
09/01/2012 Riverside Fenwick head coach Gene Nudo talks to his team during half time of the home game against Marmion on Saturday, September 1, 2012. | michael jarecki ~ for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 11, 2012 12:16AM
RIVERSIDE — After throwing only 10 passes in the season opener, Fenwick quarterback Gino Cavalieri took advantage of a wide-open offense by throwing 16 passes in the first half alone of Saturday’s win over Marmion, 16-6 at Riverside-Brookfield.
He connected with Danny Lattner on an 8-yard TD pass and with Robert Spillane on a 3-yard scoring strike to cap the Friars’ first two drives to open the game. Cavalieri finished 12-of-19 for 111 yards.
Needing two scores to tie or take the lead late in the fourth quarter, Marmion coach Dan Thorpe passed up an opportunity to kick a field goal on fourth-and-4 at the Fenwick 9. The Cadets (0-2) went for it and gained a first down on Charlie Faunce’s 5-yard keeper.
But Marmion could not covert on fourth-and-goal at the Fenwick 1 as Fenwick (2-0) stopped Faunce at the goal line on an attempted QB sneak with 4:38 to play.
Faunce scored in the third quarter on a 1-yard TD run.
“I am not abandoning ship. I know it has been two weeks. It’s tough, but I am not going to panic,” Thorpe said.
The Fenwick defense was dominant in the first half, limiting Marmion to one first down. The Friars outgained Marmion 237-29 in the first half. Marmion’s Jordan Glasgow rushed for 110 yards on 22 carries after gaining just seven yards in the first half.
Fenwick takes its undefeated record into a Catholic League crossover with Blue power St. Rita, Sept. 8 at Morton.