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.

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

As questions about his future remain, David Accam is in his best run with the Fire

For the past two seasons, David Accam was a bright spot on bad Chicago Fire teams.

This season, with more talent on the roster, Accam has blossomed into one of the most dangerous players in the league.

He had a hat trick and an assist in Saturday’s 4-0 win against Orlando. That gives him 10 goals and six assists on the season. Only two other players in Major League Soccer have 16 combined goals and assists, New York City FC's David Villa and teammate Nemanja Nikolic (the leading goal-scorer in the league).

“I thought I could do anything on the pitch today,” Accam said. “I just wanted to enjoy myself and entertain the fans and also help the team win. That’s what we did today, especially after my first goal. I just thought I could get more goals and also help the team win.”

Accam’s big game comes after he sat out the previous two games, which were both played on turf. He wasn’t listed on the injury report, but coach Veljko Paunovic said, “he didn’t recover from the physical issues that he had in the previous game.”

The rest seemed to do Accam some good, but his success in the game (as well as his recent run of eight goals and four assists in his last eight matches) coincides with questions about his future. He was recently rumored to be the target of a Turkish club.

In the past, Accam has spoken about his ambition to play at the highest levels. Typically, that means Europe. General manager Nelson Rodriguez said last month that he expects offers to come in for the 26-year-old because he is a good player in his prime ages.

So is Accam playing like someone trying to earn a new contract? That could be either impressing potential suitors in Europe or boosting his negotiation position with the Fire. Rodriguez has talked about contract negotiations with Accam before, and said those will not resume again until after the season.

“I wanted to be in a team where I would develop as a person and also win trophies, whether here or somewhere (else) I don’t know,” Accam said. “For me, I’m doing really well here and every year if I keep playing well there will be always interest. I know there is a lot of interest because I’m doing well. For me it’s always extra motivation to keep doing well. You don’t know where I will end up, whether here or somewhere else. I’ll just keep playing.”

Accam’s play earned him another call-up to the Ghanaian national team. He will join the team on Sunday for a pair of friendlies in the U.S. The Black Stars will take on Mexico in Houston on June 28 and the U.S. in East Hartford, Conn., on July 1 as the two North American countries prepare for the Gold Cup.

“That’s where I want to be,” Accam said. “I want to be playing for the national team so it’s extra motivation for me to perform well and also to go to the national team.”

Accam has been one of the most productive players in MLS this year, based on goals and assists, and is young enough to draw the attention of plenty of teams. For now, the Fire have him as a key part of the best season the club has had in years.

“I think that he understands very well how to play with the team that we have now and with the teammates that he is surrounded with,” coach Veljko Paunovic said. “We just have to work to give David opportunities… Then we expect that performances like that will come even more.”

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