The Oak Park and River Forest High School football team has had several competitive and exciting games with Hinsdale Central over the last several years, including winning two games during the 2012 season — the latter coming in a first-round IHSA Class 8A playoff meeting thanks to a last-second TD pass from Lloyd Yates to Tommy Odell.
However, the contest March 19 at Dickinson Field in Hinsdale was completely one sided as the host Red Devils ran past the Huskies 42-7 in a game that necessitated a running clock for the entire second half.
Michael Brescia, one of the Chicago area’s top quarterback prospects, did the majority of the damage for Hinsdale Central as he ran for two touchdowns (15 yards and 42 yards) and passed for three more, a 31-yard strike to Ryan Orput, as well as 47- and 56-yard TD passes to Charlie Sessa. The Red Devils’ other TD came on a fumble recovery by John Costello in the end zone.
OPRF’s offense struggled for the vast majority of the evening, going three and out on its first three possessions. On their fourth drive, the Huskies got into the Hinsdale Central red zone, but senior quarterback John Landis was stopped for a loss on fourth and one from the Red Devils’ 15, resulting in a turnover on downs.
The Huskies did manage to avert the shutout in the fourth quarter, thanks to a 78-yard touchdown pass from Landis to senior Jemari Smith-Payton.
OPRF hosts Lyons Township on Saturday, March 27. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at Oak Park Stadium.
Hopkins named Player of the Year
Fenwick basketball player Bryce Hopkins was voted the Chicago Catholic League’s Tony Lawless Player of the Year. It’s the second time Hopkins has won this prestigious award, named after the former legendary Fenwick football coach.
The Kentucky-bound Hopkins averaged 24.4 points per game, along with 12.5 rebounds per game. He shot 59 percent from the field and 76 percent from the free-throw line for the Friars, who went 13-3 and claimed a share of the Catholic League Blue title.
Hopkins was also named to the All-Catholic League first team. Junior Denium Juette made the second team; junior Gabe Madej the fourth team; and juniors David Gieser and Max Reese merited honorable mention.
Trinity, Fenwick girls are all-conference
Six local girls’ basketball players, three from Fenwick and three from Trinity, received all-conference honors from the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference for their play during the recently concluded season.
Senior Lauren Hall and juniors Amanda Hansen and Elise Heneghan represented the Friars, while seniors Savanna Childress, Maddie Miller and Makiyah Williams earned honors for the Blazers.
OPRF girls volleyball opens with win
The OPRF girls volleyball team successfully opened its season on March 18 with a come-from-behind three-set victory at the OPRF fieldhouse over Hinsdale South.
After dropping the first set 22-25, the Huskies rallied to win the second set 25-11, then edged past the Hornets 30-28 in the third to win the match.
Freshman outside hitter Grace Nelson made a sparkling debut for OPRF with 23 kills, 11 digs and one ace.
Huskies boys soccer falls to Downers North
The OPRF boys’ soccer team fell 2-1 at Downers Grove North on March 18 to drop its record to 1-2 on the young season. The Huskies will make their home debut against Glenbard West on March 25. Match time is 6:15 p.m. at Oak Park Stadium.