Potomac 41, Osbourn 13
Potomac Coach Ben Stutler greeted the Panthers following their 41-13 victory over host Osbourn on Friday night with a stone face and a calm voice. He spoke about expectation and satisfaction.
His expectation had been that the Panthers (6-2, 3-1 Cedar Run District) would pay back the Eagles for a 13-10 overtime loss early this month that turned on a controversial and seemingly momentum-changing officiating decision that took a touchdown away from Potomac.
On Friday, as Stutler expected, putting points on the board wasn't a problem. But despite the overwhelming offensive production -- especially from senior running back Michael Vann (12 carries, 187 yards, 2 touchdowns) -- Stutler wasn't satisfied.
"I think it was sub-par in all honesty," Stutler said of the victory, the Panthers' fifth this season by 20 points or more. "We didn't play to our potential, and that's not where we envision ourselves because we are searching for the perfect game."
It would be difficult, however, to envision a more dominant offensive performance.
The Panthers seemed to seal the game by scoring on two of their three total offensive plays of the third quarter. On the first play of the second half, Vann raced 62 yards to make the score 27-13.
Potomac opened the game with a six-minute, 12-play touchdown drive that spanned 80 yards and was finished by Vann's 10-yard jaunt.
Some of Stutler's dissatisfaction stemmed from his defense's inability to hold a 14-0 lead, as Osbourn running backs Irvin Honesty and Brett Jewell scored to bring the Eagles within a point midway through the second quarter.
Potomac capped the first-half scoring on a 30-yard touchdown pass from Mike McClain to wide receiver Jabon Brunson to make it 21-13.
But Osbourn had no answer in the second half when sophomore safety Anthony Staples ripped down a one-handed interception to stop Osbourn's opening drive, setting up Vann's touchdown run.
"We came into the third quarter and then they had the interception when we were down 21-13. . . . Our kids didn't fold, they continued to compete," Osbourn Coach Steve Schultze said. "But that really gave them the momentum and they got the touchdown."