The shutout was the first by the Cardinals in nearly three years and it was something that coach Xarvia Smith was pleased to watch Friday night.
“I’m proud of our defense. This was probably the first shutout for Osborne in a long time,” he said.
The Osborne defense held the Bears to only 11 first downs and 114 total yards of offense — 25 yards through the air and 89 yards on the ground.
After a slow start, the Cardinals got on the board first with a 32-yard field goal by Vicente Gutierrez.
The Cardinals’ Matthew Ramsey followed with a 13-yard touchdown run halfway through the second quarter to put Osborne up 9-0.
Ramsey finished the night with only four carries for 22 yards in his first game back from injury, but Cardinals coach Xarvia Smith was glad to have him on the field.
“It was good having Matthew Ramsey back because we missed him over the last two weeks,” Smith said.
Ramsey, Tim Harris — who had seven carries for 90 yards — and Cooks provided Osborne with a rushing attack that rolled up 355 yards on the ground.
Gutierrez extended the lead to 12-0 in the third quarter with a 40-yard field goal.
Cooks scored the final touchdown of the night with 6:25 left in the game and and then added the two-point conversion to make the score 20-0.
The Cardinals had a chance to score again as they sat at the Bears’ 4-yard line with less than 1 minute to play, but Smith chose not to go for it as they already had the win and instructed his quarterback, Kendall Walker, to take two knees to run out the clock.
Even with the victory, Smith was happy to know his team will finally play its home opener next week after four straight games on the road to begin the season.