By Mark Maxwell
By the time seven minutes of the first quarter game clock had expired, Fenwick running back, Robert Spillane, had already turned six touches into three touchdowns. His offensive explosion out of the gate led the Friars to a 28-14 victory over St. Laurence and marked an exclamation point on a Catholic League White regular season division title.
Even after an impressive season that has attracted the attention of college football recruiters, when it was time for Robert Spillane to stand in the spotlight for a moment, he shared the stage with his teammates.
“It's definitely a big honor. It's a huge honor,” Spillane said. “Without the teammates and the coaching, I wouldn't be there. It's basically a team award. I look at it like that. Without the line, without the blocks that I got all day, it wouldn't have happened. It's basically for the linemen that I got it. I'm the one getting the publicity, but they're the ones doing the dirty work, opening up the holes and doing everything.”
Spillane not only carries the football for the Friars, he also splits duty as a linebacker. In addition to his 10 carries, 144 yards and three touchdowns, he notched five tackles in the last game of the regular season. Even at the high school level, two-way players are becoming somewhat of a rare breed. His value to the team, both offensively and defensively, is not lost on his coach, Gene Nudo.
“Dealing with him every day over the last two years, he's a special kid. He's got a lot of big time schools looking at him, he has [verbally committed] to Western Michigan, and it is because of his hard work, dedication and sacrifices,” Nudo told CSNChicago.com. “He has developed into quite a young man. He has matured tremendously and he is on to bigger and better things once he is out of Fenwick.”