LAST WEEK: The Friars beat Leo 28-0
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Austin Glazier, sr., OL; Mike O’Laughlin, sr., WR; Danny Cronin, so., QB
GAME NOTES: This is Loyola’s second consecutive Catholic League crossover game. The Ramblers (3-1) won their third game in a row after beating St. Francis 42-7 in Week 4. … The defending Catholic Green champion Friars (3-1) bounced back from a Week 3 loss to Montini to beat Leo. … Fenwick is led by senior offensive lineman Austin Glazier and senior receiver Mike O’Laughlin. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Glazier is committed to Fordham, joining Loyola senior offensive lineman Charlie Gross as part of the Rams’ 2018 recruiting class. “They are giant up front,” Loyola head coach John Holecek said. “[Glazier] is someone who poses a lot of problems with his size.” A tremendous athlete, the 6-6 O’Laughlin is committed to West Virginia. His father, J.J. O’Laughlin, played football for three seasons at Illinois in the early 1990s. After the graduation of Jacob Keller, the Friars start sophomore Danny Cronin at quarterback. The 6-2, 190-pounder was promoted to varsity last season as a freshman. “He’s a really good athlete,” Holecek said. “He’s a player who can pull it down and take off. We have to be conscious of him getting out of the pocket.” … Holecek said Fenwick’s defense makes offenses work to score points. “They are well-coached and swarm to the ball. We have to have a good game plan and control the ball. I think this game is going to be a barn-burner.” … After going 49-44 in eight seasons under Joseph DiCanio, the Friars are 39-20 and have become a perennial playoff team in Gene Nudo’s six seasons. Fenwick advanced to the Class 7A state semifinals last year before losing to Plainfield North in controversial fashion. … Mike O’Laughlin comes from an athletic family. In addition to his father, his mother, Kathleen O’Laughlin, was a college athlete, and his brother, Casey O’Laughlin, is a freshman baseball player at Northwestern. … This is the fourth consecutive season Loyola and Fenwick have played each other. The Ramblers won the first three meetings, including last year’s 52-21 win at Triton College in River Grove.
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