Proving several preseason prognostications wrong, York clinched its second consecutive West Suburban (Silver) Conference title in dominating fashion with a 31-0 win over OPRF on Saturday at Oak Park Stadium. While Lyons and Hinsdale Central were the trendy picks to battle for conference supremacy, York has staked its claim as the premier team in the Silver all season thanks to a relentless defense and a bruising running game.

“That’s the best team we have seen all year,” said OPRF coach Jim Nudera. “They are not 7-1 for nothing. We were without our starting quarterback [Justin Brown- shoulder injury], but Clarke Cuthbert did a fine job for us at the quarterback position. We did the best we could with what we had.”

Before a festive crowd on OPRF’s Senior Day, the visiting Dukes (7-1, 5-0) quickly crashed the party on their opening offensive series with a 7-play, 55-yard scoring drive capped off by a 6-yard TD run by Mike McNulty (20 carries, 120 yards) to give York a 7-0 lead.

With Brown not under center, York keyed on the Huskies’ star running back Levell Coppage. The Dukes also implemented a variety of blitz packages to pressure the relatively inexperienced Cuthbert. The plan worked almost to perfection as the elusive Coppage (27 carries, 55 yards) could not find many running lanes and Cuthbert was sacked five times.

The Huskies began the third quarter with a successful onside kick that was recovered by Bryant Porter. A revitalized OPRF offense promptly moved the ball down the field into York territory. On first down from the Dukes’ 13, Cuthbert was sacked by Jordan Cirone. The next play, Cirone intercepted a Cuthbert pass.

“Every time I got the ball, it seemed like there were five guys on me,” said Coppage, who has rushed for 1,155 yards this season.

While it’s likely the Huskies (5-3, 3-2) have secured a trip to the state playoffs, Saturday’s regular season finale at Glenbard West (1 p.m.) holds great significance for the team.

“Glenbard West is a very physical team that has a fullback [Kevin Watt] who is going to Northwestern, so it’s going to be a test for us,” Nudera said. “More importantly, it will be a test of our character to see if we can rebound and gets things done right.”

Score and Standings

YORK

7

10

0

14

31

OPRF

0

0

0

0

0

WEST SUBURBAN (SILVER)
Conference standings

Confer.

Overall

York

5-0

7-1

Downers North

4-2

5-3

OPRF

3-2

5-3

Hinsdale Central

2-3

5-3

Lyons

2-3

4-4

Proviso West

1-4

4-4

Glenbard West

1-5

1-7

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