OPRF football falls short against Hinsdale Central

Playoff hopes shattered with tough loss

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Hinsdale C. 24

One hundred yards rushing by one running back and a 50-yard run for a touchdown by another just wasn't enough for the OPRF football team on Saturday afternoon. Despite a favorable ground game, the Huskies fell 24-13 at Hinsdale Central, a loss that crushed any chances of making the playoffs this season. OPRF is now 0-4 in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference and 1-5 overall on the season.

Running back Zach Draus, who emerged a rushing force in OPRF's loss to Lyons Township the week before with 181 yards on the ground, racked up another 100 against the Red Devils. Draus's effort helped tie the score at 7-7 in the second quarter when the senior scampered eight yards for a touchdown. But a touchdown pass from Alex Hodakowski to Ryan Kelleher for 22 yards with 1:16 left in the first half gave Hinsdale Central a 14-7 advantage at the break.

The Red Devils scored again in the third and nailed a 28-yard field goal in the fourth to seal the victory.

OPRF's Tony Stapleton, who saw limited carries due to a pulled groin muscle that had him miss the Lyons game, ran 50-yards for a touchdown with 4:49 left in the game, but that was all the scoring the Huskies managed in the final quarter. Stapleton finished with 72 yards rushing on five carries.

The Huskies host Morton on Saturday for their homecoming game. Kick-off is 1:30 p.m. The team hosts Proviso West on Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m.) for its final home game and travels to Downers Grove North on Oct. 22 to wrap-up the season.

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