Banged up for most of the season, the OPRF football team was nowhere near full strength when they traveled to Hillside to take on a very determined Proviso West squad in the regular season finale on Friday night. The Huskies fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and the Panthers eventually ended up with a resounding 42-6 win and a trip to the state playoffs.
The loss pushed OPRF into a tie with Downers Grove North for last place in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference. The Huskies were winless in the Silver Division last season, and haven’t finished above .500 in the conference since 2006.
Proviso West was coming off a 44-14 thumping of Lyons Township the week prior, and the momentum seemed to carry over. Senior quarterback Cole Quincy scored on a 1-yard sneak with 7:56 left in the opening quarter to begin the scoring onslaught.
Running back Deonte Eiland burrowed in from a yard out with 54 seconds left in the quarter.
OPRF sophomore quarterback Jacob Lintvelt was picked off on the Huskies’ next possession and the Panthers ended up with the ball on their opponent’s 10-yard line. Quincy tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Trashawn Harper with six seconds left in the stanza to push his team’s early-game advantage to 21-0.
OPRF’s only score came with 8:28 left in the third quarter, and the Huskies trailing 28-0. Sedrick McDonald ran up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown.
Jakari Cammon, the Huskies’ star running back who entered the game with 1,369 net rushing yards on 202 carries for the season, was held to 72 yards on the night, his first game of the season not reaching 100 yards or more. Cammon played in spite of a sore toe suffered earlier in the season.
“We had some opportunities early, and had a few breaks go our way, but we just couldn’t capitalize on them,” said OPRF head coach John Hoerster. “Also, there was a lot of emotion entering into this final game of the season on both sidelines. We were playing for pride; Proviso West was playing for the playoffs…the playoffs won.”
The Huskies were without such key players as cornerback Ian Sutherland (concussion), linebacker Matt McCormack (back), quarterback John Phelan (toe) and strong safety Tommy O’Dell (leg).