Oak Park dispatches York
With an offense that has struggled to put points on the board this fall, York needed a low-scoring affair Friday on its Senior Night.
Terrance Roundy and his Oak Park teammates had other ideas.
Rushing for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a little over a half of action, Roundy led the Huskies to a 30-7 West Suburban Silver victory over the Dukes.
Bouncing back from a loss to Downers Grove North, Oak Park improved to 5-2 on the season with matchups looming against Glenbard West and Lyons Township. York fell to 0-7.
"What we emphasized to the kids was that we hadn't put together four quarters of good football," said Oak Park coach John Hoerster, a York graduate himself. "We had put together a good half here or a few quarters there. So before the game and then again at halftime, we talked about coming out strong."
The Huskies did indeed start out fast, scoring less than five minutes in on a 3-yard run by Roundy. The senior added a 31-yard scamper to the endzone in the second quarter before a 70-yard punt return for a score by Jonathan Mitchell left the score 20-0 at half.
York's big nemesis was penalties as the home team was flagged 11 times (for 100 yards), some of which put a halt to promising drives.
"We felt like every time we started to get the ball moving, it was 20 yards back," York coach Matt Monken said. "All those penalties, it was just crazy. But it is what it is. You have to overcome that and we weren't able to and they were."
The Dukes, who used three quarterbacks, did get on the scoreboard late in the fourth quarter on a 9-yard run by Grant Melion. KeVon Washington topped York with 37 rushing yards on 12 carries.
"That was good, it was pretty much a group of seniors," Monken said. "It was nice to see them get in (the end zone)."
Next up is a road contest against Proviso West.
"The kids keeping working at it," Monken said, "and that is all we can ask. And we stay positive with them. The kids have done a nice job of keeping their heads up and they are still looking to get that 'W.' You only get nine games a year and win or lose, you have to keep doing the same things you have been doing."