Grills across the country will light up this Labor Day weekend and Fenwicks offense was like the first flame that jumps up when ignited when it faced Marmion on Saturday night.
The first drive of the game saw it move 63 yards in eight plays and earn seven first downs en route to Danny Latners grab of an 8-yard pass from Gino Cavalieri just 3:38 into the game.
A similar scoring drive happened later in the quarter and the Cadets would get their game going later on. But it was not enough to over take Fenwick (2-0) which went home 16-6 winners from Riverside-Brookfield High School.
Marmion got on the scoreboard with 4:06 left in the third quarter. Quarterback Charlie Faunce capped a seven-play drive with a 1-yard scoring run.
Marmion coach Dan Thorpe, whose team fell to 0-2, liked what he saw in the second half but said the Cadets needed to get out to a good start if they wanted a chance against the Friars.
They physically pounded us in the first half, Thorpe said. Our kids played with heart in the second. But we need to play with heart four quarters and smart heart. You cant make mistakes against a quality team like this.
With under five minutes to play, Marmion drove to the Fenwick 1, but could not convert on a fourth down.
The Friars only got out to their 8 on the subsequent drive, but Marmion fumbled on the punt return, Fenwick recovered and was able to eat the rest of the clock.
The Cadets managed just 31 yards in total offense during the first half to Fenwicks 222. But Marmion got the ball moving in the second half, earning eight of its nine first downs during the final two quarters.
The top offensive star for Marmion was Jordan Glasgow who rushed for 110 yards on 16 carries.
Last years 6-0 Cadets win over the Friars was on the mind of the Fenwick players.
We came out with lots of intensity. We were doing all we could do, said senior running back Pat Hart.