OPRF 14 28 0 13 55
MORTON 6 0 0 13 19
It may not have been in Oak Park, but it was near enough on Friday night when the OPRF football team was able to experience the thrill of playing under lights so close to home.
The Huskies thumped the Mustangs 55-19 in a West Suburban Conference crossover game at Morton’s west campus, two miles south of Oak Park off Harlem Ave. Today the Oak Park Zoning Board is scheduled to meet and vote on whether lights will eventually shine at Oak Park Stadium, home of the Huskies.
Against Morton, OPRF’s offense lit up the night, tallying 617 yards of total offense, even without star running back Levell Coppage. After just four carries for 35 yards, the senior left in the first quarter with a severely sprained ankle and did not return. OPRF head coach Jim Nudera said Coppage will be evaluated day-to-day.
“Levell is such a hardnosed competitor. You want to have him in every game, but we may have to work without him,” said Nudera of Coppage, who in OPRF’s 52-0 shutout of Morton last season finished with 138 yards rushing and three touchdowns. “We’ll just have to see how things go.”
The Huskies (3-3, 1-2) scored on their first play of the game when Clarke Cuthbert (11-of-17, 202 yards, 3 TDs) hit Evan Scott for a 75-yard touchdown pass. The Huskies had a whopping 42-6 lead by halftime.
Scott finished with a career night, hauling in five catches for 131 yards and three touchdowns. The senior also had touchdown passes of five and 20 yards. James Cole, who filled in at running back for Coppage, also garnered three touchdowns, the longest a 20-yard scamper. Zach Howard scored for OPRF on a 22-yard run in the second quarter, and defenseman William Lamar slipped in at running back for the team’s final touchdown, a 50-yard run with 32 seconds on the clock.
The Huskies travel to Hillside on Friday night for the first-ever night game at Proviso West (7:30 p.m.).