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Stout "D" helps Fenwick capture Prep Bowl Title

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Stout "D" helps Fenwick capture Prep Bowl Title

Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
12:07 AM

By Clyde Travis
YourSeason.com

There are just a few things that are constants in the world today; death, taxes, and Catholic league defense. Fenwick used a whole lot of defense and just enough offense to shut down Curie 6-0 and capture the 77th Annual Prep Bowl Friday, at Soldier Field.

The teams played even in the first half and left the field at half time with the score knotted at 0.

Curie opened the second half with a 62-yard kick off return to the 20 of Fenwick and appeared poised to take the lead. But the Friars trumped the kick off return with an 85-yard interception return on Curies first play from scrimmage by Ricky Sorrentino.

The play was set up by a bone crushing hit by defensive tackle Steven Sreniawski on quarterback Reese Fleming.

When I saw that kill shot on the quarterback, I saw the ball, I caught the ball, and ran as fast as I could, said Sorrentino.

Fenwicks defense was the story all day as they never allowed Curies high-powered offense to get going, stopping them in the red zone five times and knocking Fleming out of the game on two occasions.

But the Condors squandered several other opportunities as they had a touchdown called back and a long punt return nullified on costly penalties. But the big one came with 2:48 remaining in the third quarter on a sure 13-yard touchdown pass to a wide open receiver that was dropped with no Fenwick player within five yards.

We play in the best conference in the state, the best conference in America and it only prepares you for games like this, said Sorrentino.

Fleming and his brother, running back Kevonta McIntyre, did their best to keep the Condors in the game and were the focal point of the Friar defense despite McIntyre rushing 25 times for 104 yards and Fleming going 11 of 15 for 131 yards.

But the two big hits on Fleming took its toll. Those hits really limited his mobility, said Curie coach Tyson LeBlanc. He accounted for almost over 3,000 yards of total offense. But it cut down our options after he got hurt.

Fenwick gained 140 yards on the ground with Jack Stibich gaining 71 yards on four carries with 46 coming on one play.

They had 14 yards in the air for a total of 150 yards total offense to Curies 255 yards.

Fenwicks defense was led by defensive tackles Sreniawski with 11 tackles, Glen Somers with nine tackles, and Stibich with nine.

Im very proud of these kids; they knew what we had to do, stop the quarterback and the running back. And thats what they did, it was a great defensive effort and our offense got the key first downs in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory. Said Fenwick coach Joe DiCanio.

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Matt Nagy calls Kevin White a 'great weapon' with a new future

Former first-round pick Kevin White hasn't caught a break -- or a touchdown -- through the first three years of his career. He has more season-ending injuries than 100-yard games and after an offseason focused on upgrades at wide receiver, White's future in Chicago beyond 2018 is very much in doubt.

Ryan Pace declined the fifth-year option in White's rookie contract, making this a prove-it year for the pass-catcher who once resembled a blend of Larry Fitzgerald and Dez Bryant during his time at West Virginia.

He's getting a fresh start by new coach Matt Nagy.

"He is healthy and he's really doing well," Nagy told Danny Kanell and Steve Torre Friday on SiriusXM's Dog Days Sports. "We're trying to keep him at one position right now so he can focus in on that."

White can't take all the blame for his 21 catches, 193 yards and zero scores through 48 possible games. He's only suited up for five. Whether it's bad luck or bad bone density, White hasn't had a legitimate chance to prove, on the field, that he belongs.

Nagy's looking forward, not backward, when it comes to 2015's seventh pick overall.

"That's gone, that's in the past," Nagy said of White's first three years. "This kid has a new future with us."

White won't be handed a job, however.

"He's gotta work for it, he's gotta put in the time and effort to do it," Nagy said. "But he will do that, he's been doing it. He's a great weapon, he's worked really hard. He has great size, good speed. We just want him to play football and not worry about anything else."

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

Nagy on Trubisky: 'He wants to be the best'

The Bears concluded their second round of OTAs on Thursday with the third and final set of voluntary sessions scheduled for May 29-June 1. Coach Matt Nagy is bringing a new and complicated system to Chicago, so the time spent on the practice field with the offense and quarterback Mitch Trubisky has been invaluable.

"We’ve thrown a lot at Mitch in the last 2 ½ months,” Nagy told Dog Days Sports’ Danny Kanell and Steve Torre on Friday. “He’s digested it really well.”

Nagy’s implementing the same system he operated with the Chiefs, an offense that brought the best out of Redskins quarterback Alex Smith. The former first-overall pick went from potential draft bust to MVP candidate under Andy Reid and Nagy’s watch.

Nagy admitted he and his staff may have been a little too aggressive with the amount of information thrust upon Trubisky so far.  It took five years to master the offense in Kansas City, he said, but the first-year head coach sees a lot of similarities between his current and past quarterbacks.

"These guys are just wired differently,” Nagy said when comparing Trubisky to Smith. “With Mitch, the one thing that you notice each and every day is this kid is so hungry. He wants to be the best. And he’s going to do whatever he needs to do. He’s so focused.”

Smith had the best year of his career in 2017 and much of the credit belongs to Nagy, who served as Smith’s position coach in each season of his tenure in Kansas City. He threw for eight touchdowns and only two interceptions during the five regular season games that Nagy took over play-calling duties last year.

Nagy said Trubisky has a similar attention to detail that Smith brought to the Chiefs’ quarterback room.

"Each and every detail that we give him means something. It’s not just something he writes down in a book. He wants to know the why,” Nagy said of Trubisky. “He’s a good person that is in this for the right reason. His teammates absolutely love him. It was the same thing with Alex [Smith] in Kansas City.”

A locker room that believes in its quarterback is a critically important variable for success, one that Nagy already sees exists in Chicago.

"When you have that as a coach and when you have that as being a quarterback, not everybody has that, and when you have that you’re in a good spot.”