BISHOP FENWICK FALCONS Division IV, Region 16 Head Coach: Fred Cranford (29-31 @ Bishop Fenwick, six years, 29-31 overall) 2011 Record: 8-2, 5-2
Overview: The past two seasons Fenwick is a combined 15-5 with no playoff appearances to show for their efforts. The Falcons have gone 6-0 with a 46-12 average margin of victory against non-conference schools during that span. The problem is those teams (Oakwood, Valley View and Talawanda) were a combined 14-46 the past two falls. A beefed up schedule that includes Wyoming, Mount Healthy and Valley View to go along with a talented group of returnees could be enough for the program to punch their ticket to the Big Dance come November.
Head coach Fred Cranford and his offense received a welcomed transfer this past winter in former Moeller backup quarterback Ricky Davis. With multiple offers on the table from several MAC schools the senior Davis will get to show off his talents for the first time as a starter. Receiver Leo Haenni and versatile junior Frank Catrine will be the team’s go-to guys at crunch time. Haenni had 30 receptions for 523 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. Catrine busted onto the scene in a big way with 1,324 all-purpose yards and 11 total touchdowns. Catrine’s classmates Brandon Moore, Thomas Sheridan, and Clay Jeffers will add depth to the backfield. Up front Ben Hinkel was a Second Team All-GCL North performer in 2011.
A major strength of this team will be size and experience of the defensive line. They are paced by First Team All-GCL North member Colin Smith, along with Ian Barton, Lucas Cunningham, John Luke Arrington and Michael Percy. Their push up front should pay huge dividends for an opportunistic secondary with Haenni and Catrine negating opponents passing attacks. Haenni led Fenwick with six interceptions and Catrine had five a year ago. Barton, Catrine, and linebacker Corey Chapman were all Second-Team All-GCL North honorees last season.
The special teams unit is rock solid with kicker Conner Hamilton, who converted 25-of-25 extra points as a sophomore. Catrine is a return specialist extraordinaire. He found the end zone via the punt and kickoff while amassing 751 total return yards. If that’s not enough Catrine’s 38.4 yards per punt is one of the best for all returning punters in 2012.