* FRIENDS AND FOES: Because he had played at Osbourn last season, Osbourn Park senior Frankie Hogan thought the game against the Eagles this year might be one of his most bruising outings. That was not the case, however, in his Yellow Jackets' 10-3 home victory Friday.
"Every time one of [the Osbourn players] saw me on the ground, they helped me up, and every time I saw one of them on the ground, I helped them up," said Hogan, who scored the game's lone touchdown on a three-yard run to cap the opening drive. "It was a more physical game for everybody else around me.
"I used to play league football, and it's just like playing with all my friends. That's all I thought about--just going out and having fun."
The Hogan angle was just a sidebar to more important matters. Osbourn had outscored the Yellow Jackets, 78-7, the past three seasons. Osbourn Park, not counting four forfeitures two years ago, had not won consecutive games since 1994. And, again not including the forfeits, the Yellow Jackets had not won a home game since 1996.
"There was no revenge in our hearts tonight," said Osbourn Park Coach Mike Feldman, whose defense has allowed only three points in the last 10 quarters. "We just wanted to play well and finally get a win at home."
Osbourn's final offensive play with about two minutes left in the game ended in appropriate fashion. On a defensive call the Yellow Jackets refer to as "lightning," blitzing junior Billy Strickland recorded a sack. Lightning had delayed the game three times.
* 0 FOR THE DECADE: Brentsville was hoping talent could trump history Friday night in its home game against Strasburg, a team the Tigers had not beaten since the early 1980s. Instead, a 29-19 loss means the sour streak has been extended for at least another year.
"The history of Strasburg was more of a motivational thing," Brentsville senior running back Greg Faith said. "I thought we had the better team, but the scoreboard didn't show it. We were hoping to run the table the last half of the season."
The Tigers had not lost since a 21-7 setback against James Monroe, which has a 6-2 record, in Week 5. With the loss to Strasburg, Brentsville tumbled out of a first-place tie in the Bull Run District. The Tigers will play at front-runner Madison County next week.
Lightning delayed the start of the game against Strasburg, forcing the Tigers into the school. "I think that might have put us on our heels a little bit," said Faith, who completed two halfback option passes, one to senior Justin Thomas for a touchdown. "We just sat in there wondering when we would go back. I think the more we thought about it, the more nervous we got about the game."
* PRICE CLUB: Potomac senior running back Rico Lloyd returned to the lineup after missing two games with an ankle injury, but it was Panthers junior Ryan Price who ran for a 45-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to inch his team ahead for a 15-14 win over Stonewall Jackson.
Price is the older brother of sophomore Gary Price, who played quarterback Friday night, completing eight of 13 passes for 55 yards. Ryan Price carried 14 times for 84 yards. Lloyd carried 21 times for 81 yards.
"[Ryan] doesn't have that speed like Rico, but he knows how to cut up into the holes," Gary Price said.
Potomac, coming off an embarrassing 34-0 homecoming loss to Osbourn Park, has beaten Stonewall in consecutive seasons after a losing streak against the Raiders of at least seven games.
* YOUTH MOVEMENT: Eight games into the season, Stonewall Jackson (2-6) is still unsure about its future prospects. The Raiders play just a handful of seniors.
"We've made a little progress during the year, but we're not where we'd like to be," Raiders Coach Jim Powell said. "The jury's still out on our young kids. It's hard to be positive right now because we're not being real successful, but we'll just keep plugging."
Stonewall had two opportunities to drive for a score in the final minutes against Potomac but was stopped each time in the 15-14 loss. Junior running back Antwoin Saunders rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown, and threw a scoring pass to senior John Puvogel. Saunders also fumbled twice.
Puvogel, one of three senior captains along with linebacker Brian Hastadt and defensive end Chandler Terry, believes the Stonewall program will be successful in coming years.
"We knew at the beginning of the season that it'd be a young team and that the three captains would have to be leaders," said Puvogel, who has 25 receptions this fall. "It'd be a lot more fun if we were winning, but we still get to play the game we love."
FRIDAY'S TOP PERFORMERS
Rushing: N. Bertrand, M. Park
Opp.: Madison Co.
Rushing: J. Thomas, Brent.
Rushing: A. Saunders, S.J.
Rushing: R. Price, Potomac
Rushing: Rico Lloyd, Potomac
Rushing: W. Newman, M. Park
Opp.: Madison Co.
Receiving: T. Williams, Potomac
Receiving: J. Puvogel, Stonewall
Receiving: J. Thomas, Brent.
"It was very disappointing because we figured that was our best chance ever to beat Strasburg."
-- Brentsville senior
running back Greg Faith on
his team's 29-19 loss Friday.
Brentsville has not beaten
Strasburg since the early '80s.