Osbourn 55, Forest Park 14
Osbourn switched to the spread offense this season to put the ball into the hands of its many capable skill position players, mainly junior quarterback Brandon Hogan.
By winning the first two games of the season -- including 55-14 at Forest Park on Friday night -- the Eagles are not only spreading the ball, they're spreading enthusiasm at a school eager for some semblance of football success.
Coming into the season, Osbourn was 21-69 as an AAA program.
"Everybody thought we were going to lose the first game, and this game," said Hogan, who in three quarters against Forest Park racked up 177 passing yards, 88 rushing yards and set up another score with a 79-yard kickoff return.
"Now that they see we're winning, they're going to start coming to the games more," Hogan said. "The City of Manassas is going to blow up."
Osbourn had not won consecutive games in the same season in years, and a blowout win such as Friday's -- it was 28-0 just more than 10 minutes into the game -- might be unprecedented for the Eagles since joining AAA.
Forest Park (0-2) fumbled the opening kickoff, which led to a 20-yard scoring drive. Three plays later, an interception return by senior Junior Sesay set up a 25-yard touchdown drive, capped by the first of two scoring passes to senior Justin Turner.
Senior Ryan Anderson ran back an interception 30 yards for a touchdown and senior Rodney Bumbray recovered a fumble that required the Eagles to go just 27 yards for another score.
And before the first quarter was over, Osbourn, already up by four scores, would pounce on yet another Forest Park fumble.
"It's been a long time since Osbourn's had a victory like this," said fourth-year Eagles coach Steve Schultze, a 1980 graduate of the school. "The kids feel like this is our year."
At the very least, it was Hogan's half on Friday. He completed his first 10 passes for 163 yards. Last week, in a 16-14 win over Brooke Point, he totaled 195 passing yards and 162 rushing yards but regretted not cashing in on more scoring opportunities.
Against Forest Park, Osbourn did not have to punt until the fourth quarter, but the Eagles did commit nine penalties, most of them on offense.
Osbourn next week plays Potomac, the first of only three teams on the schedule that posted a winning varsity record last season.
"The one thing that's got to be my job is [for us] not to get too high and overlook anybody," Schultze said. "We can't get too happy over two ballgames. The last couple years we've been in a situation where we're 2-2 and feeling pretty good about ourselves."