Central ended its season at 2-8 overall for the third consecutive year. The win ended a four game losing streak, gave the Bulldogs’ group of seniors a fitting end to their career and gave the program a much-needed boost going into the offseason.
“These kids finally decided to buy in and do the right thing and play hard,” coach Shane Williamson said. “I was real proud for the seniors to go out as a winner.”
Central succeeded for the most part in containing Osborne quarterback Craig Robinson. Though Robinson was 16-of-30 passing for 183 yards and rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries, Central made his night uncomfortable with constant pressure.
Charlie Hernandez had a sack. Ryan Hintz intercepted Robinson early in the fourth quarter to set up Central’s final touchdown, a 21-yard catch by Jeremiah Jones from Michael Branigan with 7:49 left in the game. Six times the Bulldogs tackled Robinson for a loss.
“We did a better job than I ever thought we were going to do to be honest,” Williamson said. “We watched film on him and this quarterback has really moved up and down the field against other teams. I was real proud of the way we were able to contain him.”
Meanwhile, Osborne couldn’t contain Central’s rushing attack. Not senior Jake Gorczyca, who rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.
Not freshman Sabrien Howard (seven carries, 45 yards), junior Victor Peppers (three carries, 45 yards) or Branigan, who briefly switched from quarterback to running back and finished with 33 yards and a touchdown on six carries.
“Their offensive line was pretty big and physical,” Osborne coach Xarvia Smith said, “and they did a good job of beating us up.”
The Bulldogs took the opening possession and drove 66 yards in six plays, all runs, to take a 7-0 lead after Gorzsyca scored on a 9-yard run.
Central’s next drive was more of the same — 71 yards on nine runs to set up a 29-yard field goal by senior kicker Anel Ramic that put the Bulldogs up 10-0 with 3:39 left in the first quarter.
Branigan later added a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter and a 2-yard rushing score in the third. Gorzsyca added his second touchdown from 1 yard out in the third quarter.