By Brad Spencer
Not the school colors of burnt orange and blue, but white.
OPRF High School is asking all students to attend this Saturday's football game to support the Huskies as they take on Waubonsie Valley in the second round of the Class 8A State playoffs, and to wear white.
The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday at Oak Park Stadium. Ticket price is $5 for everyone. The ticket office opens at Noon, and there will be no presale of tickets before that. Students, the first 200 of which will receive free White Out gear, will need to bring their student IDs.
Apparently a bunch of white shirts were created for the York and Glenbard West games that read "Beat the team in green." OPRF has about 100 shirts leftover and Waubonsie Valley's school colors happen to be green and yellow.
The Huskies (7-3) will need all the support they can get against the Warriors (9-1), whose only loss this season was a 35-34 nail-biter to undefeated Neuqua Valley in double overtime at North Central College on Oct. 5. Neuqua Valley is the No. 1 seed in the bracket, while Waubonsie is the fourth seed and OPRF the 12th seed.
But an upset is not out of the question. If the Huskies need an example of an underdog upending a highly favored opponent they need look no further than West Suburban (Silver) Conference rival and 15th seed Lyons Township, who shocked No. 2 Marist last week with a 34-28 victory.
OPRF will need to cut down on turnovers and penalties in order to keep up with the Warriors, who pummeled OPRF's fellow Silver Division team Proviso West 38-6 in the opening round. Running back Austin Guido ran for 157 yards on 33 carries in that win. The Huskies, who lost their regular season finale to Proviso West 26-23, can counter the ground attack with Jakari Cammon, who has rushed for more than 1,000 yards this season.