One last Hoerster huddle

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Next year Simmie Cobbs will attend Purdue and spend his weekends playing football for the Boilermakers. The senior wide receiver offered the following description of OPRF football coach John Hoerster's motivational techniques:

"Coach Hoerster is like one of those coaches in the movies. He starts out talking kind of slow and quiet and then it builds as he goes along. By the end of his speeches, we're all fired up and motivated to play."

While that may have led to some spectacular plays on the field, Hoerster's postgame huddles were more emotional, and the final gathering resonated deeply with the players — especially the seniors. Tears flowed freely in the aftermath of their 34-21 loss to Maine South at Oak Park Stadium in the Class 8A playoffs.

Hoerster consoled his players by putting it all in perspective: "You guys had a fantastic season and you have so much to be proud of in terms of what you accomplished. Hold your heads high and learn from this game and this season. Carry it with you as you move on in life. Thank you for a fun and very special season."

Per tradition, the huddle culminated when the players drew closer and Hoerster bellowed, "It's a great day," and the players responded one final time, "to be a Huskie!"

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