OPRF football outlasts York 55-41

Cammon rushes for 300 yards, three TDs in high-scoring marathon game

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

The OPRF football team scored eight touchdowns — four in the first quarter — in its West Suburban (Silver) Conference showdown against York at Oak Park Stadium on Friday night, and it took all of them to upend the Dukes for the first time since 1998.

The Huskies' first conference victory of the season took three hours and five minutes as they held off York 55-41 and defeated an opponent with some familiar faces in coaching positions across the field.

Former OPRF head football coach Jim Nudera, who spent 12 seasons at the helm for the Huskies before John Hoerster took over last season, is currently an assistant coach for York, as is former Fenwick head football coach Joe DiCanio. The two stood adorned in green York ballcaps, which likely took some getting used to for the large crowd on hand for Friday night's game. But the fans had plenty to be distracted by from the get-go as the Huskies wasted no time lighting up the scoreboard.

Jakari Cammon scampered 48 yards on the opening drive and set up Jamal Baggett's four-yard touchdown plunge with still 11:29 left in the opening quarter. The Huskies (3-1, 1-1) were off to the races. They scored again just two-and-half minutes later when quarterback Lloyd Yates launched a 62-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Odell.

The two quick touchdowns didn't seem to rattle the Dukes, who responded with 5:46 left in the stanza when wide receiver Austin Wagner leapt to snag a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andrew Iwaszkiewicz.

In-between York running back Jordan Peacock's 13-yard touchdown run, Yates scored on a quarterback keeper and tossed a 66-yard touchdown pass to Samora Nesbitt to put OPRF up 28-14 going into the second quarter.

"We knew we were going to have to keep fighting and that's what we did," said Nesbitt, who caught three passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in the game.

Personal fouls, unsportsmanlike conduct calls, several common penalties and a couple of costly turnovers by both teams plagued the second quarter.

With 3:41 left in the half, Yates fumbled and York (0-4, 0-1) recovered. Peacock punched it in from five yards out, but Iwaszkiewicz's extra point sailed wide right and the Dukes trailed 28-20 at halftime.

Much of the third quarter was all about Cammon and Peacock. Cammon racked up 128 yards rushing in the quarter and scored three touchdowns (from 7, 3 and 82 yards out). He finished the night with 300 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

Peacock scored on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Iwaszkiewicz and ran back a kick-off 87 yards for a touchdown. York tied the game at 41-41 with 3:38 left in the frame when Iwaszkiewicz tossed a six-yard loft pass to Austin Wagner.

But 33 seconds later Yates dashed down the left side of the field for a 24-yard touchdown run and Cammon struck with his 82-yard TD scamper to close out the third.

Neither team, surprisingly, found the end zone in the final quarter.  

"Last week our defense played well and this time it was switched up," said Hoerster after the game. "The offense wouldn't give up and the defense came through to hold them in the last quarter, so overall I'm pleased with the effort. We surely have some things to work on with eliminating turnovers and kick-off coverage, but the guys responded when they had to."

The Huskies next travel to powerhouse Glenbard West on Saturday, Sept. 22.

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Posted: September 19th, 2012 9:23 PM

and wouldn't mind seeing some more change at the assistant coaching level (so called legendary basketball coaches should stick to basketball).


Posted: September 19th, 2012 9:21 PM

soft in Oak Park? You ever hear of Oak Park wrestling? I wouldn't call OPRF kids soft. The new guy is building the program from the bottom up; watching the freshman practice, observing pee-wee games as I've been told. My only problem with the new guy is this spread offense when we need a yard or two and him being an alum of York (would Ohio State hire someone from Michigan?)..to this day I hate LT/York..other than that he is leading in the right direction..

ryan from Bloomington  

Posted: September 18th, 2012 8:46 AM

Ok so I played for Nudera and he is a good guy not that good of a coach wasn't awful but he was good at adjustments and didn't know how to use his players correctly he was stuck I his ways but it was true we did have a lot of guys not come out for football that should have played and a lot of guys were soft but we lost games on the offense and defensive line we had the talent at the skill positions just not on the line where games are won I do blame nudera for a lot just not all


Posted: September 18th, 2012 8:11 AM

Nudera was the best wrestling coach I ever had! He is a great guy and passionate about what he does.

bill from oak pk  

Posted: September 17th, 2012 8:19 PM

Great game for oprf. Both the offense and defense are stellar. This team will prove to all uninformed doubters that they are winners!

West Suburban Silver  

Posted: September 17th, 2012 4:04 PM

The next three games will show what they're made of. Good luck with Glenbard West, Hinsdale Central, and Lyons Township . . . they're not 0 and 5 York, 0 and 4 Proviso East, or 1 and 2 Fenger. It's a tough conference.

Yung Leak  

Posted: September 17th, 2012 12:59 PM

Sounds like a york kid. Commenting about how great he played after a loss. And as a player who played for Nudera, despite what you may think about him as a head coach, he is a great position coach. People should probably be talking about the great start OPRF is off to.

tyler from oakpark  

Posted: September 17th, 2012 12:38 PM

Jordan, i agree that nudera Is a great coach and great guy. But you running all over op doesn't prove that fact. Especially because jakari cammon not only ran all over your whole team, but he ran his team to a victory in the process. Nobody cares at all about how many kickoffs you returned because you lost the game.


Posted: September 16th, 2012 11:17 PM

Just stay in Phoenix. And Neutral stop observing.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 16th, 2012 10:18 PM

Very well. I withdraw the comments and apologize. But the fact remains you have blamed Nudera's well documented failure on the kids. Perhaps you're right, Oak Park kids CAN'T be motivated, challenged, and encouraged to participate. But it does raise the question of why those kids are singularly afflicted, since, as you have claimed, they're going to get hammered in most of the rest of their games. Why are OPRF kids so different from other communities? What accounts for it?

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 16th, 2012 10:00 PM

Sir, I was done posting but since you have decided to re-assert your race argument I will make one last post. I NEVER intended my comments as racial AT ALL! I was talking about all OPRF kids. To me "soft" is why soccer is so big in OPRF rather than football. That's an example of the group not going out. For you to find something racial when it was so not there is troublesome and maybe you have the issue. Soft as in everybody over-worrying about concussions, etc. That kind of soft in OPRF.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 16th, 2012 5:14 PM

I didn't realize distance was a factor here. I'm an Oak Park grad, and follow them as closely as I can. You got a problem with that? And I'm not the one making the arguments about "they're" soft and "they" won't come out for football and "they" quit when the going gets tough. The one who's been making the veiled racialist arguments is the one who should stop. Not me.


Posted: September 16th, 2012 1:55 PM

For a "Neutral Observer" and a guy from "Phoenix" you care an awful lot about OPRF football.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 7:00 PM

And if you're talking about black players, then why not man up and say so? It's 2012 and a coach at an integrated school has to allow for that fact in his approach to his kids. Every successful coach does it. And if Nudera wasn't able to adjust to the realities, then Oak Park is MUCH better with him gone. Nobody has suggested a "vast" improvement or that Oak Park football is "saved." What I and others have suggested is that the Huskies are off to a good start. It's called optimism.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:47 PM

I'll tell you something else, Neut: I'm getting a whiff here of something really inappropriate. Who are these players who aren't tough enough and who quit when things go badly? By chance, are they all from one group? Like that idiot who posted after the Fenger game and mentoned three times about people "losing control" in the stands. I'm wondering if his concern is directed primarily at one group. I hope I'm wrong, but since you won't give us examples, I have concerns.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:39 PM

Can't you keep your posts straight? It was you who mentioned (three times) about swapping Glenbard for Fenger, and that accounts for an extra win and blah, blah, blah. I was quoting YOU. Man, you're either a championship troll or some sort of fool. We are four games into the season and based on your tremendous inside information, you've concluded the Huskies really aren't any better than last year. And if we knew as much as you do, we'd all realize it. That about cover it?

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:34 PM

First, why don't you give us a hint where you get your "inside" information. You've been pretty consistently posing as someone who "knows the score." How? In answer to your question, I'd say if the current coach can't do significantly better than a 36% winning percentage, 5 or 6 years ought to be the maximum they go with. I'll refrain from mentioning how inconsistent you are. OP is losing because the kids are too soft. But Nudera was an old fashioned task master (like Orie Noth?).

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:30 PM

You said: "they switched Glenbard for Fenger." How does that explain away 3 two win seasons and 5 three win seasons? It doesn't. Your right it doesn't but it also doesn't allow you to trumpet some vast improvement w/the new coach bcuz they picked up a bogus victory. Which is the argument people are making. So because a team has a season w/ 1 extra victory OPRF football is saved?

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:25 PM

In response to your statement about it being up to the coach to toughen up the players from what I heard everyone complained that he was too old school and tough which caused some of the best athletes in the huge school to not want to go out or quit. Thus they needed a more modern/fun type leader... well we'll see if this works. I'm fair and I will give the guy 4-5 years to build the program but how long until it's no longer a Nudera problem and becomes a Hoerster problem?

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 6:23 PM

Jerry, I'm an opinionated guy so what. LT crushed DGN the Friday so don't count on that as your other win. So just curious; assuming things don't turn around drastically in the next couple years how many 2,3,4 win seasons are you going to give the new coach before he is inept and you again blame coaching for the ongoing losing?

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 5:36 PM

Let's see: 3 seasons with only 2 wins. 5 seasons with only 3 wins. And this, Neut., is the record you're defending so strenuously? Blaming the kids? Because they're soft? And whose job is it to toughen them up? The head coach, perhaps? Like a mynah bird you want to keep repeating "they switched Glenbard for Fenger." How does that explain away 3 two win seasons and 5 three win seasons? It doesn't. So stop trolling would ya?

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 5:28 PM

36% Neut. 36%. For a dozen years. And in your view that wretched record is all the kid's fault? For someone who claims neutrality, you've got a lot of opinions about Oak Park football, I'll say that. I think they have a chance against LT. Recall, last year on the road it took a 50-plus yard field goal with no time on the clock for LT to win. Tough, very tough. But they've got a chance. And maybe Proviso West, who knows? But you're not really neutral are you? 36% Neut. Pesky facts.

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 3:53 PM

For my early post when I said Nudera on York staff last year, obviously I meant when York beat Oprf not the other way around.

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 3:51 PM

If any coach took Glenbard North off schedule and added Fenger they would have added one more win to the record. Jerry, other than Morton who else do you project that they beat? Glenbard West -no, Lyons - No, Proviso west - no, Hinsdale - No. Morton -Probably

Neutral Observer  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 3:49 PM

Jerry, Never said Nudera was the worlds greatest football coach. But adding one victory by putting a patsy on the schedule is not improvement. At some point people will figure out its not all the coaches. Fact is most OPRF football kids are soft. Either don't go out at all or quit when it gets tough, etc. Not hard nosed by any stretch. Also, Nudera was on York staff last year when they beat York so so much for those who said win yesterday was due to him being on York sideline.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 3:39 PM

Let's put this in perspective, shall we? If, as Neut. predicts, the Huskies only win one more game this season for a total of four (I think they'll do better)that total will exceed the number of victories in all but three of Nudera's seasons. And I miscalculated. His career winning percentage is 36%, for a school that's won nearly 60% of its games for over a century. Leo Durocher said "nice guys finish last." Nudera must be a really nice guy.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 3:13 PM

Facts are pesky things, Neut. And whether it's "childish" or not, Nudera won only 38% of his games during a 12 year tenure. A tenure that lasted about six years longer than it should have, you ask me. BTW, the "Nudera Era" was the longest period of ineptitude in the history of Oak Park football. He's probably a great guy and good to his family and an upright citizen. But his record at Oak Park sucked and no amount of posturing can change that.

Neutral Observer (Not and OPRF'er)  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 1:15 PM

Ok, Reality- OPRF isn't that much better this year, they took Glenbard North off schedule put Fenger on and had Proviso East early in season to start 2-0. Last year they beat DG North, this year they lost to DGN. York has a new coach this year and they R horrid they have given up 40 points in every game and they scored more against OPRF than any other opponent they played so far this year. The only other likely win OPRF will get this year is Morton. To keep taking shots @ Nudera is childish.

Mr. Obvious from Smoak Park  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 12:37 PM

Who would've thunk that once Nudera left, OPRF would become good....and as soon as he joined York, they start losing? Common denominator. So much for growing up to become a CEO!

OPRF Grad  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 10:32 AM

Great win by the Huskies last night finally ending the streak!! Jakari Cammon's runs were amazing and Lloyd Yates was outstanding at QB. Despite the points allowed I thought the defense played hard and made some great plays. Bringing up Nudera (0-12 vs York) as OPRF coach is like talking about Wanny as the Bears coach, pointless and something that needs to be forgotten.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 15th, 2012 12:54 AM

Hey, a win is a win. I'd imagine this week the coaching staff will be focusing on KO coverage, turnovers and poise. Too many dumb penalties. The Huskies will need to tighten up those areas, plus pass rush, or Glenbard will smoke 'em. Still, they've already got as many wins as last season, with a reasonable shot at a couple more. Nuderda NEEDS to be on the opposing sideline.

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