Due to a punishing run-game and a fearless defense, there was no letdown for OPRF at Morton Friday night. The Huskies followed up a shocking 10-7 upset of West Suburban (Silver) Conference foe Hinsdale Central with an 18-0 blanking of the Mustangs in Berwyn.
OPRF's defense held Morton to a mere 45 yards rushing the entire game, while the Huskies racked up 321 yards on the ground. De'Angelo Wisdom did most of the ball-carrying, scampering for 195 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
Linebacker Josh Vixler got his team on the board early with an interception and 35-yard runback for a touchdown with 6:26 to play in the second quarter. Dan French followed up the feat when the senior blocked a punt and recovered for a safety to give OPRF a 9-0 lead by halftime.
While the defense surged, OPRF's offense struggled at times.
Backup quarterback Justin Brown, who has taken over starting duties for the injured Rick Foytik (broken collarbone), was forced to the bench with a lingering groin pull in the first half. Junior Erik Mikelsons entered the game and was charged with continuing the Huskies' battering run-game. Mikelsons did connect with Jason Simmons on a 22-yard pass play that set up a Sam Frank field goal. Frank's shot, with 3:38 to go in the third, split the uprights from 36 yards out to give OPRF a 12-0 lead. Wisdom topped off the scoring in the middle of the fourth quarter with a 51-yard TD run.
The Huskies lost out on three other touchdowns due to a combination of questionable calls by officials and costly mental mistakes.
"Defensively, we were on top of our game," said OPRF head coach Jim Nudera. "I'm a little bit disappointed in the way our offense played. We didn't click a whole lot. Hopefully the players understand now that it doesn't matter who's on the schedule, they have to play hard."
Brown left the game completing 4 of 10 passes for 51 yards, and Nudera said the QB would be evaluated this week.
"It's possible someone else could start [at quarterback] for us," said Nudera, referring to when his team travels to Proviso West on Saturday (1:30 p.m.). "I don't want to comment on it right now. We'll have to wait and see."