The Providence Celtics got all they can handle from the Fenwick Friars in this Sunday matchup in the Chicago Catholic League Blue Division. But when the smoke cleared, the it was the Celtics who escaped Oak Park Stadium with a wild 24-21 win and upped their record to 4-3 while dropping the Friars to 3-4.
It was Homecoming day for the Friars and they got their party started in the second period with a 10-yard TD run by QB Brien Rooney to make the score 6-0 after the extra point was missed. But the Celtics struck quickly as offensive star Jordan Farrell took the ensuing kickoff and raced untouched for a 75-yard touchdown to knot the game. Ian Pickett's extra point gave the Celtics a 7-6 lead.
Later in the quarter, quarterback Brian Shroud hooked up with receiver Mike Maher around the left end for a 12-yard touchdown and a 14-6 lead. But the Friars answered back with an impressive drive that culminated in a 44-yard shovel pass for a touchdown from Rooney to fullback Jack Finan. Rooney then hooked up with receiver Vincenzo Frangella in the left cornere of the end zone for the 2-point conversion and the game was tied at 14 at intermission.
Late in the third period, Fenwick mounted a drive, but stalled at the 30 yard line facing fourth and five. The Friars decided to go for it and the gamble paid off when Brien Rooney hit WR Nick Caldicott with an 18-yard strike down to the 12-yard line. Two plays later, Rooney crashed over from a yard out to give Fenwick a 21-14 lead.
In the final stanza, however, the Celtics struck quickly as Stroud connected with Mike Maher on a 75-yard bomb to knot the game at 21. After a Fenwick punt, the Celtics scored again as kicker Ian Pickett nailed a 38-yard field goal for a 24-21 lead. Fenwick had two chances to either tie or take the lead, but both times the drive ended in four plays and the Celtics had the win.