After a season-opening loss to Elk Grove Village, the OPRF football team let out some frustration on Friday night by blasting Willowbrook 29-10, but the Huskies paid a dear price. Starting linebacker Corey Schiffman, who had already been hobbled by a thumb injury that resulted in the senior playing the opener with his right hand in a cast, suffered a separated left shoulder in the third quarter on Friday and will miss at least 2-3 weeks if not the entire season, according to OPRF head coach Jim Nudera.
“It’s a definite blow for us to have Corey out,” said Nudera. “He’s a great kid, the kind of player every coach wants in the program. Right now he’s for sure out two to three weeks, but there is some indication that he may not be back either.”
The Huskies (1-1) jumped on the board first when quarterback Elliot Davidson scored on a 26-yard run with 6:19 left in the opening quarter. With under a minute left in the stanza, Davidson connected with Darnell Lee for a 24-yard touchdown pass and OPRF took a 13-0 lead into the second.
With three seconds left in the first half, Marty Finnegan booted a 22-yard field goal, countering Willowbrook’s 23-yard kick between the uprights just five minutes before. The Huskies went into the break up 16-3.
After Willowbrook scored on a 6-yard Steven Frobel run, the Huskies closed the door with two touchdowns in the quarter. Davidson (9 carries, 100 yards) hit Josh Blackwell for a 21-yard touchdown and James Cole (15 carries, 105 yards, TD) scampered in from 26 yards out.
“We played a lot more focused in this game, unlike the first game where the kids were a bit apprehensive,” said Nudera. “We had a well balanced running and passing attack, which is very encouraging.”
The Huskies kick-off West Suburban (Silver) Conference play Saturday (1:30 p.m.) at Glenbard West (2-0), who crushed Leyden on Friday 23-2.
“The Hilltoppers are a very strong defensive team,” said Nudera. “We know we can score on them, but we need to stay focused and have minimal mental mistakes. It will be quite a challenge for us, but we aren’t shying away from anyone.”