By Brad Spencer
Earlier this week, the OPRF football team watched a film of last year’s game against Glenbard North, a game they lost 12-6. First year head coach John Hoerster and his staff informed the Huskies not to focus on what OPRF was doing or not doing in the film.
“It’s not the same team,” he told them. Hoerster didn’t care about the mistakes OPRF made in that game. He wanted the team focused solely on the play of their season-opening opponent.
The Huskies are going to be on the move this season, play-by-play and game-by-game, trying to erase all the substandard finishes the program endured for the good part of a decade. To counter the Silver Division’s brawn, Hoerster has implemented the option offense. A wise move.
“We’re not going to try to run over the Glenbard Wests and the Lyons Townships, but instead get in their way and redirect them,” he says. “Would we like to get to a position where we can spread out and also have a power game, get the best of both worlds? Sure. But that time is not now, not with this personnel.”
Hoerster insists the OPRF football program is not in a rebuilding phase.
“The kids and the staff have been inundated with a lot of information but they have responded positively. As much as I would love to implement a ton of stuff, it would be too much at this point. You don’t want to overload these guys.
“With that said, a successful program doesn’t happen overnight, but we are going into games expecting to win. It would be an insult to the seniors to announce we expect to win a state title in five years. Starting this season, every game we play we expect to win.”
The Huskies will hold a scrimmage on Saturday morning (Aug. 20) at 10 a.m. at Oak Park Stadium. They open the season at Glenbard North on Aug. 26 (7:30 p.m.).
Check out both OPRF and Fenwick football preview stories in the Aug. 24 print edition of Wednesday Journal.