Glenbard N. 33
OPRF         21

It had the feel of high school football season with the cool temperature, the gritty play on the field and the light-poles rising high into the sky, but OPRF’s season opener against Glenbard North didn’t have Huskies fans cheering at its conclusion. With the first official night football game to be held on Sept. 18, OPRF’s home opener was again a Saturday afternoon affair, one in which the home team lost 33-21.

Glenbard North took a 14-0 lead in the first, but the Huskies clawed their way back in the second. Jack Rogalla (8-for-23, 90 yards) hit Darnell Lee for a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the Huskies on the board.

Adarius Booth’s interception two minutes before intermission led to a quick OPRF touchdown. Running back Dorion Grant, who rushed for 106 yards on 16 carries for the day, cut a 20-7 deficit to six with a 9-yard touchdown scamper.

At the beginning of the second half, Devin Banks intercepted a pass and scored to give the Huskies a 21-20 lead.

The Huskies had an opportunity to pad their lead early in the fourth but an 80-yard touchdown pass from Rogalla to Lee was called back due to holding.

The Panthers closed the door in the final quarter by scoring two unanswered touchdowns. Glenbard North running back Evan Natick rushed in from five yards out with seven minutes left in the game, but the 2-point conversion was thwarted by OPRF’s Amir Arif, who broke up a pass play to the left flat.

The two teams traded miscues later in the fourth. OPRF’s Rickey Fleming recovered a Glenbard North fumble on the Panthers’ 48-yard line, but the Huskies’ subsequent drive was foiled when Rogalla was intercepted. Brandon Salemi picked off the pass and bolted 70 yards for Glenbard North’s final touchdown.

The Huskies host Hindale South in a West Suburban Conference cross-over game on Sept. 5 (1:30 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...