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O’Hara runs wild for Prospect
By Connor O’Gara | Daily Herald Correspondent
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Published: 8/25/2012 1:03 AM

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If Devin O’Hara was playing a new position he didn’t show it on Friday night.

The Prospect senior quarterback, who made the switch from wide receiver, threw for 154 yards with a touchdown pass, and ran for six scores of his own en route to 268 yards rushing to lead the Knights to a 55-41 opening night nonconference football win against Glenbrook South.

“(O’Hara’s) a very poised kid and a very active kid,” said Prospect coach Mike Sebestyen. “He showed a great amount of leadership by keeping these guys under control. That’s why he’s the quarterback.”

O’Hara didn’t waste any time getting used to his new role. On the Knights’ first play from scrimmage, O’Hara found junior receiver Nikko Gountanis for a 93-yard touchdown pass.

“I like just taking a big hit or scoring a touchdown to start just settles me down,” O’Hara said.

Lucky for O’Hara, he did the latter.

But while O’Hara continued to fuel the Knights offense with three rushing touchdowns in the first half, they had no answer for Glenbrook South.

The Titans held a 41-26 halftime lead thanks to senior quarterback Max Cohen’s 258 first-half passing yards. The second half was a different story.

The Prospect defense flipped the script by shutting out the Titans in the second half.

“The defense just calmed down and played its technique,” Sebestyen said. “They started playing more aggressively and sure enough, all of a sudden, ‘Hey, we got a stop.’ You could just see the confidence building a little bit. That was the biggest thing.”

After allowing the Titans to score on all but one first-half possession, Prospect’s defense only allowed one first down in the second half.

“We stopped playing in the second half,” said Glenbrook South coach Mike Noll. “I know we’re in shape but we lost our focus and we stopped playing.”