Only two days before his team’s season opener at Larkin in Elgin, Oak Park and River Forest football coach Jim Nudera threw the play in on a whim. The double-reverse flea-flicker, more specifically referred to as the 48 Razzle-Dazzle, broke open the game Friday night for OPRF as the Huskies posted a 50-20 non-conference victory over the Royals.

The trickery came in the third quarter on fourth down and five with the Huskies holding a fragile 21-14 lead. On Larkin’s 27-yard line, OPRF quarterback Justin Brown handed off to tailback Jack Scotty, who handed off to wide receiver Curtis Ingrim, who then pitched the ball back to Brown, while Levell Coppage discreetly snuck downfield. Brown hit Coppage for a 27-yard touchdown pass. The trick play was Coppage’s first of four touchdowns-all of which came in the second half. The 5-foot-8-inch, 160-pound junior scampered for a 55-yard touchdown and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass also in the third. In the final quarter, Coppage (18 carries, 183 yards) found the end zone again on a 23-yard carry.

Things didn’t start off so well for the Huskies. With rumors circulating that the game might be cancelled due to lightning and possible thunderstorms in the area, OPRF came out a bit sluggish.

“We didn’t look ready at all to play,” said Nudera. “We let our guard down a little bit.”

Larkin jumped on the advantage from the first play of the game. Running back Will Carter scored on a 68-yard run. The Royals scored again on their second possession, but Brown answered with a 65-yard TD run up the middle.

OPRF’s special teams got into the mix with Kahlil Draper stripping a ball away from Larkin’s kickoff returner. The Huskies recovered the fumble and Scotty ended a five-play drive in the first with a five-yard touchdown run. Kevin Finnigan’s extra-point tied the game at 14-14.

Coppage set up the go-ahead score with a 70-yard run in the second quarter. Scotty, who finished with 90 yards on the day, scored from two yards out.

The Huskies travel to Downers Grove South on Friday (7:30 p.m.).

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...