By Marty Farmer
In about three weeks, OPRF and Fenwick will begin the football season and both teams appear ready to make some noise in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference and Chicago Catholic League White division, respectively.
While the two programs are inherent rivals due to geography (a few blocks from each other in Oak Park), the Huskies and Friars share some commonalities (even if they hate to admit it) looking ahead to the upcoming gridiron campaign. Both teams are led by dynamic head coaches. John Hoerster has the Huskies on a roll with numbers up across the board in terms of program interest. Gene Nudo has done an equally admirable job with the Friars creating a buzz among Friar Nation.
OPRF will feature promising quarterback Lloyd Yates and explosive running back Jamal Baggett. Baggett could potentially lead the West Suburban Silver in rushing, especially now that he will receive increased carries with the graduation of former OPRF star Jakari Cammon.
The Friars feature the three-headed monster of quarterback Gino Cavalieri, running back Robert Spillane and tight end Ryan Smith. All three are coming off successful seasons and should power a potent Fenwick offense.
Both teams also feature physical, athletic defenses which should complement all the points put on the board by the Huskies and Friars' scoring express.
The Huskies hit the road to open the season, taking on Fenger at Gately Stadium on Saturday, August 31 at 4:15 p.m. Approximately three hours later, Fenwick hosts St. Joseph (7:15 p.m.) at Hoffman Stadium on the Morton West campus in Berwyn.
I'll make my first not so bold prediction and say both teams cruise in their openers. Hopefully, Week 1 serves as an appetizer for many victories to come. One thing's for sure, I don't know about you but I'm hungry for football!