Virginia AAA Division 6
No. 8 Chantilly (10-3) vs. No. 3 Osbourn (13-0)
Tomorrow, 1:30 p.m.,
at Freedom-Woodbridge H.S.
When Osbourn has the ball: Chances are it will be in the hands of senior QB Brandon Hogan, who has committed to West Virginia. "We put the ball in his hands and let him make decisions with the running game as well as the passing game," Coach Steve Schultze said. Hogan will provide a challenge the likes of which the Chargers have not encountered. He has 23 rushing touchdowns alone; Chantilly has 19 as a team. Chantilly, led by DL Zach Hally, LB Mike Quigg and DB Austin Morris, has been opportunistic on defense and returned a fumble and an interception for scores last week in the state semifinal win over Varina.
When Chantilly has the ball: The Chargers will try to hang on to it. Senior QB Nate Worek, hurt early in the Northern Region final, is back to engineer the option attack, with Antonio Cross trying to pop one up the middle and Torrian Pace trying to turn the corner outside. Worek's return strengthens the team at receiver because backup QB Austin Decker can line up outside again. Osbourn LB Marcus Hyde was the defensive player of the year in the Northwestern Region. Coach Mike Lalli's Chargers are never rattled. Nine of their games have been determined by 10 points or less, including the last seven.
-- Preston Williams