The Eagles had 30-30 vision last season -- they could move the ball between the 30-yard lines, but they usually could not close the deal when they got in scoring position. How else to explain why Osbourn led in time of possession in all 10 games but managed only 119 points?
The goal this season is not only to rack up yards, but touchdowns, out of a single-wing set that enabled the team last season to post its most wins in six years. Six of the past seven Cedar Run losses have come by a total of 38 points; three of four wins in 2003 were against eastern Prince William County schools.
"I think the kids feel they can compete against anybody now," Coach Steve Schultze said. "Are we determined enough and disciplined enough to make plays?"
Schultze believes there are as many as a dozen playmakers on the roster. Junior Torland Green emerged at the end of last season, rushing for 332 yards the final three games. Sophomore Brandon Hogan and senior transfer Andrew Short could join Green in the backfield, which consists of a spinback -- the quarterback of the single wing -- tailback and wingback. At 6 feet 6, 340 pounds, Chris Taylor could be one of the area's more dominating linemen. Manassas Park transfer Thomas King, a senior, should help.
Osbourn is 15-55 since being bumped to AAA. But things could be looking up. Besides the progress the program has made, the Eagles likely will have more nondistrict scheduling flexibility when the proposed realignment kicks in next season.