After 13 years without an appearance in the playoffs -- and 23 years without a postseason victory -- the Osbourn football team made up for lost time quickly Friday night. In the first three quarters of its Virginia AAA Northwestern Region Division 6 semifinal, Osbourn averaged a touchdown on every four offensive plays and eventually ran off with a wild 58-41 victory over Franklin County.
Junior quarterback Brandon Hogan was dazzling as he rushed for 197 yards and six touchdowns, and he threw for an additional 159 yards and a touchdown.
Osbourn (10-1), which was making its first-ever AAA playoff appearance and its first at any classification since 1992, will play at seven-time defending region champion Hylton in the region final on Friday. Western Valley District champ Franklin County (8-3) had a seven-game winning streak snapped.
"The season for gaining stats is over, I don't really care about that," Hogan said. "The only thing that matters is winning, so I'll do what I have to do to help us win."
On Friday, Hogan did nearly everything as the standout player on Osbourn's first playoff team since 1992, when the school was in AA. He carried the ball only 13 times but scored on six of those plays -- touchdown runs of 33, 51, 55, 7, 2 and 3 yards -- most on simple quarterback draws right up the gut.
He also had an 86-yard touchdown pass to senior Junior Sesay in the first half.
Franklin County's third playoff appearance in four years ended the same way as the other two had -- with a road loss to a Cedar Run District team five hours from home, which is in the Southwest Virginia town of Rocky Mount.
"There's no way you can practice for a guy like [Hogan], there's no way you can practice against that kind of athleticism without actually being able to face it," said Franklin County Coach Billy Miles. "He was great."
With the win, Osbourn now gets a shot at No. 2 Hylton, which beat Woodbridge, 12-7. Hylton is 9-0 all-time against Osbourn.
"We've always felt since 7-on-7 [practice] in the preseason that we could be a special team," Sesay said. "We're ready for Hylton."
A wild first half featured a combined 71 points, 10 touchdowns and 502 total yards and lasted nearly an hour and a half.
The Eagles' strike-quick attack, behind the dynamic Hogan, scored 36 points and gained 299 yards despite holding the ball for a total of 4 minutes 44 seconds.
By the end of the first half, Hogan had rushed for 169 yards and four touchdowns and completed two passes for 130 yards.
Meanwhile, a more measured Franklin County attack gained 208 yards while taking advantage of two Hogan interceptions, and Franklin County was trailing only 36-35 at the half. Senior Antonio Terry scored three touchdowns, and senior Hunter Naff had two interceptions, including one returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
The first two plays from scrimmage set the stage for the frenetic half. After the opening kickoff, Franklin County quarterback D.J. Willis fumbled the snap, and Osbourn recovered the ball.
The next play was a quarterback keeper by Hogan, who burst through the line and went 33 yards for a touchdown.
The score was 36-35 at halftime, but Hogan rushed for a touchdown on the third play of the third quarter and, by the end of the period, Hogan had another touchdown, senior Ryan Anderson had a 56-yard touchdown run on a direct-snap run, and Mike Blewett had a field goal to put the lead at 58-35.