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8A Football: Waubonsie Downs OPRF in Heated Battle

Waubonsie Valley 28, Oak Park-River Forest 7. 234 rushing yards by Austin Guido set the tone for the Warriors in one-sided, but heated, victory over the Huskies.

Breaking It Down: It didn’t take long for Waubonsie Valley to establish its attack pattern. On the second play from scrimmage, RB Austin Guido scored on a 41-yard run to put the Warriors up 7-0. 

This was a consistent theme for the Warriors: Keep the ball on the ground and shove it down the Huskies’ throat. The Huskies, led by quarterback Lloyd Yates were unable to find a consistent response. Apart from some decent plays here and there, they had a very hard time staying on the field for any real length of time. 

The Warriors stuck to their guns and most of their plays were either run by Guido or quarterback Dylan Warden. Guido scored his second touchdown late in the first on a 1-yard carry and Warden followed suit with a 1-yard run of his own. The latter came after a series of personal foul penalties between the two teams culminated in a bench-clearing incident after a high tackle against Warriors defensive back Jeff Markham, who had just intercepted Yates in the second quarter. Penalties were a problem in general. A total of 19 penalties were committed and 10 of them were personal fouls. 

The second half was more of the same. Running back Demario Webb scored on a 12-yard draw to put the Warriors up 28-0 in the third. The Huskies scored early in the fourth on a 23-yard run by RB Jamal Baggett to make it a 28-7 game. The Warriors kept the ball the final ten minutes of the game with a steady, torrid running attack to ice the game. 

Patch’s MVP: Austin Guido, Waubonsie Valley. Guido already had more than 2,000 rushing yards this season. He added to that total with 234 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns. Even more remarkable, not one of his carries was for negative yardage. 

Waubonsie Valley Stat Pack: Quarterback Dylan Warden had 18 carries for 103 yards and a score. WR/S Christian Gibbs had two first-half interceptions along with Markham’s interception. 

OPRF Stat Pack: Huskies quarterback Lloyd Yates had seven carries for 80 yards and running back Jakari Cammon had 14 carries for 67 yards. Baggett had the lone touchdown for the Huskies and had seven carries for 35 yards. 

Quotable I: Waubonsie coach Paul Murphy: “We’re going to run for what’s effective for us. We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing until they stop us and they didn’t today.”

Quotable II: Waubonsie back Austin Guido: “I knew going in I was going to have a lot of carries, but I also knew my O-Line was going to step up and make plays and create holes for me.” 

Team Records: OPRF finishes at 7-4 overall. Waubonsie Valley improves to 10-1 overall. 

What’s Next: OPRF’s season is over. Waubonsie Valley will get a rematch in the quarterfinals with conference rival and top-seeded Neuqua Valley next week. 

Scores of Interest: Neuqua Valley defeated Bolingbrook on Friday 44-33. For more scores, go to ihsa scorezeone.

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