OPRF football faces gargantuan challenge this Saturday

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

Formidable, that's for sure, is the football team that OPRF will host for its Homecoming game this weekend.

Glenbard West, ranked second in the state by several publications, rolls into Oak Park Stadium on Saturday (12:30 p.m.) undefeated at 4-0. Anchored by a defensive line that averages 215 pounds per man and boasts Penn State-bound Tommy Schutt, the Hilltoppers have yielded just 24 points in those four victories. Schutt (No. 10) won't go unnoticed, not at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds. He's also dabbled in running the ball. (No wonder Joe Pa likes him).

It'll take every slice and dice move OPRF running back Jakari Cammon knows to keep the heavyweights at bay. Cammon has rushed for 100-plus yards in every game this season, most recently 160 in last week's 35-7 loss to York — so there's a chance that he, Jamal Baggett, Khali Hartzog and guys on the offensive line like Jacob Friesen, Brian Cole and Erik Oxnevad will keep OPRF moving. First-year head coach John Hoerster said his Huskies won't be intimidated by their high-profile opponent.

"The guys have to remember that Glenbard West is a high school football team that just lives in a different suburb. We have to worry about us, and not get caught up about who we are playing. We need to work on our fundamentals.

"What it boils down to is we are playing a very good team," he added. "If you want to become a good team you have to face these challenges."


To put a score on it would only complicate matters. Glenbard West will win the game, plain and simple. If I'm wrong, and I truly hope that I am, I promise I won't stop writing about the upset for weeks, maybe months. Heck, I'll work it into every sports section for the remainder of the school year. That's a promise.

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Seriously? from Oak Park  

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 11:02 AM

mv113 & Football...let's talk about disconnect. Last time I checked this isn't BCS Divsion 1 football, and I'm guessing you aren't million dollar "friends of the program". Alums who return to HS are more interested in seeing old pals than the point spread vs GBW. Plus, Glen Ellyn has lots of white flight OPer's who'll enjoy coming back. Sounds like a good business decision to me. An opponent who'll bring lots of outside $$ to spend in town. Playing GBW is an opportunity, not a problem.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 5:48 PM

cont.: come to think of it, that game may have been my junior year. But the point remains the same: sometimes the boys can rise to the occasion. Let's hope this Saturday is one of those occasions.

Jerry Hudson from Phoenix  

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 5:36 PM

We had this problem in the "olden days" too. Seems like we were always playing New Trier and Evanston at Homecoming. My senior year it was New Trier, led by fullback Chuck Mercein (who won at least one Super Bowl ring with the Packers). The score was tied at 14 late, when New Trier mounted a drive that got 'em into first and goal. OP had two penalties called, and on the sixth try from inside the ten, New Trier finally scored the game winning TD. 21-14 final. Inspiration can work wonders.


Posted: September 22nd, 2011 4:50 PM

Selecting Glenbard West as the Homecoming game is just another example of how disconnected the rest of the school is from the Athletic Department. I would bet that someone in the Business Office made that decision, since every decision goes through that office. And with an incredibly weak Athletic Director who only cares about keeping his job, and not what is best for the Athletic Department, it doesn't surprise me he did not advocate at all to have it changed.

mv113 from op  

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 4:33 PM

Who decides that the game against a powerhouse team should be homecoming. Homecoming should be a game you should win by 30 points, not a game that you will lose by 30 (or more).

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