Quarterback Jack Gooch, shown here scoring a touchdown during the Huskies’ Week 1 win over Fenwick, threw four touchdown passes to wide receiver Ryan Martin during OPRF’s 42-7 rout of Hinsdale South on Sept. 2. (Alex Rogals/Staff Photographer)

Quarterback Jack Gooch and wide receiver Ryan Martin continued their terrific starts to the 2002 football season as Oak Park and River Forest High School rolled past host Hinsdale South 42-7 on Sept. 2.

Gooch connected with Martin on four touchdown passes (12, 28, 56, and 22 yards) as the Huskies (2-0) opened up a 35-7 halftime lead. 

Gooch finished the evening 16-of-23 passing for 191 yards, while Martin had seven receptions for 118 yards. The duo has combined for all six of OPRF’s passing scores this year.

Eric Evans (5 carries, 89 yards) had a 23-yard dash for a score and Sam Gray ran for another as OPRF amassed 404 yards of total offense.

Defensively, Faris Dispensa had five tackles (including one tackle for loss),  Kole Sneed 3.5 tackles (1 TFL) while Gray and Tim Spillane (1 TFL) had three tackles apiece as the Huskies limited the Hornets (0-2) to 126 yards.

OPRF visits Glenbard West on Sept. 10 in the West Suburban Conference Silver Division opener. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Duchon Field in Glen Ellyn.

Fenwick football thrashes Thornwood

The Fenwick High School football team bounced back from its Week 1 loss to OPRF in convincing fashion, routing visiting Thornwood 42-6 on Sept. 2 at Triton College in River Grove.

After Will Gladden opened the scoring in the first quarter with a two-yard run out of the wildcat formation, the Friars (1-1) erupted for 35 points in the second quarter. E.J. Hosty threw a pair of 22-yard touchdowns to Rowan White and Ninos Ameer, who Ameer added a pair of rushing scores (10 yards, 7 yards). 

Conor Stetz capped the outburst by recovering a Thunderbird fumble and rumbling into the end zone from 36 yards out.

Seamus Dunlap recorded a sack and Luke D’Alise and Nate Marshall each had a tackle for loss for Fenwick, which hosts Providence Catholic on Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

OPRF girls volleyball at 9-2 

The OPRF girls volleyball team had another strong week, going 4-1 to improve its record to 9-2.

The Huskies notched a three-set victory on Aug. 30 over visiting Wheaton-Warrenville South, 21-25, 25-22, and 25-23. Grace Nelson ended the match with an ace to cap an outstanding effort: 19 kills, 9 digs, and 2 aces. 

Kinsey Smith added 30 assists and 13 digs; Reese Garland 6 kills and a block; Ella Hullinger 5 kills, 11 digs, and an ace; Gabby Towns 4 kills; and Keira Kleidon 14 digs.

OPRF then placed second in the Summer’s End tournament at New Trier on Sept. 2-3. The Huskies went 3-0 on the first day, rolling past St. Ignatius, Niles West, and Niles North. On the second day, OPRF fell to the host Trevians in three sets 25-23, 13-25 and 15-17.

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