Oak-Park River Forest starting QB, RB get early rest against Proviso East
09/01/2012 Maywood Oak Park River Forest senior Daln Mrozek (17) leaps for an out of reach ball during the second half of the game at Proviso East on Saturday, September 1, 2012. | michael jarecki ~ for Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 11, 2012 12:16AM
MAYWOOD — Lloyd Yates and running back Jakari Cammon played only the first half during Oak Park-River Forest’s 44-23 rout of host Proviso East on Saturday.
Both starters scored two touchdowns each in the first half, while Cammon — the West Suburban Silver’s top returning rusher — carried eight times for 154 yards, and scored on runs of 84 and seven yards.
Yates, a sophomore in his first year as starting quarterback, ran for touchdowns of one and 20 yards. He also passed for another TD when he connected with Samora Nesbitt for a 42-yard strike in his first pass attempt of the game.
The score ended OPRF’s first possession and capped a five-play, 71-yard drive.
Proviso East (0-2) scored on each of its next two possessions, but the Huskies (2-0) pulled away with three more scores before halftime to lead 38-9 at the break. Earlier, the Pirates scored on a 31-yard TD pass from quarterback Lawrence Griffin to Langdon Johnson and via a 28-yard field goal by Cristian Aguirre.
“The first half was a lot of fun,” OPRF coach John Hoerster said. “The offensive line opened a lot of holes. Lloyd had to make a lot of decisions in the offense, and he made some good ones. We were clicking.”
Yates finished with 49 yards rushing on eight carries. Michael Hayden carried seven times for 59 yards and scored in the third quarter on a 9-yard TD run.
Proviso added two fourth-quarter touchdowns against OPRF’s second defensive unit. Griffin cashed in a 2-yard run and also threw a 2-yard TD pass to Taeveon Johnson.
“Taeveon Johnson is a (college) scholarship (type of) kid, and he played like one,” Proviso East coach Steven Tadlock said. “Our quarterback (Griffin)] was outstanding, and he’s a junior. We have a lot of upside. You have to look at our numbers (32 players in uniform). We still have to play a lot of guys on both sides of the ball.”