Addison Trail almost went into halftime tied at 7 against the Oak Park and River Forest High School football team Friday night at OPRF Stadium.

Almost.

Instead, OPRF junior quarterback Jeremy Hunt threw a 13-yard TD pass to wide receiver Davion Talbert in the right corner of the end zone to give the Huskies a 14-7 lead with 46 seconds left until intermission.

OPRF tacked on 21 points in the second half en route to a 35-7 over the Blazers.

Addison Trail took advantage of great field position to score the first touchdown of the game. Opening a drive at the OPRF 35-yard line, senior Michael Hundley scored on a 1-yard run to give the Blazers a 7-0 lead at 9:15 of the first quarter. Hunt (17-for-23, 153 yards passing) tied the score at 7-all on an 8-yard scamper into the end zone with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter.

“Addison Trail came out and played some really hard defense,” OPRF coach John Hoerster said. “They came out in a little bit of a different scheme and it took us a while to adjust. Once we were able to make some adjustments and get it clicking, we were alright.

“Addison Trail is a good team and they’re going to have a great season this year. They’re very well coached and their kids played really hard, so our kids had to play through some adversity to come back and win this game.”

While Hoerster praised the visiting Blazers, the feeling must have been mutual after Addison Trail got an up close look at the Huskies’ dominant defense and second-half surge.

Defensively, OPRF topped last week’s inspired performance against Lincoln-Way East by limiting Addison Trail to 30 yards of total offense on 44 plays and three first downs for the game. The Blazers ran the ball 29 times for 7 yards and completed 1 of 15 passes for 23 yards. The Huskies recorded four sacks against Addison Trail quarterback Ryan Zygowicz.

“The defense did great,” Hoerster said. “Just like last week, we gave up a touchdown on a short field. If we give them a short field it makes things a lot easier for them, but our defense did a great job holding them to that one score.”

Rollian Sturkey and Evan Bell had 5 ½ tackles apiece while linebackers Jahmari Moore finished with 4 ½ tackles, 2 tackles for loss and Sam Francis chipped in three tackles. Bell (team-high 3 tackles for loss), Moore and Eddie Gorens each had a sack while Allen Stallings and Ryan Molina split the fourth one. Cornerback Sean Woods added an interception.

“Our defense is insane,” Hunt said. “Everything that they do day in and day out is just amazing. It’s awesome having a defense like that because we know that even if the offense can’t do everything they can pick us up.”

With their aforementioned adjustments made, the Huskies hit their stride offensively in the second half.

Antonio Cannon scored on a 12-yard touchdown run with 33 seconds left in the third quarter. Jamarri Watson led OPRF in rushing with 110 yards on 19 carries and Cannon ran 12 times for 60 yards. Talbert (3 catches, 54 yards), Cole Fields (4 catches, 46 yards) and Thompson (3 catches, 37 yards) led a balanced effort from the wide receiving corps as five other players chipped in a combined 10 receptions for 51 yards.

“I feel great,” Hunt said after the game. “Addison Trail prepared really well for our passing game, so we had to switch it up and go to our running game. We came up really big there too.”

OPRF (2-0) visits Morton (0-2) for another West Suburban Conference crossover game on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Despite their record, the Mustangs have been very competitive losing to Lyons Township and Riverside-Brookfield by a total of four points.

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