Osborne clamps down on Lakeside-Dekalb for McCall’s first win
by Steven Watkins
MDJ Sports Correspondent
August 30, 2014 07:40 PM | 2530 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Osborne’s Deshawn Jenkins tries to turn the corner against Lakeside-DeKalb during the Cardinals’ 20-7 victory Friday night.
Osborne’s Deshawn Jenkins tries to turn the corner against Lakeside-DeKalb during the Cardinals’ 20-7 victory Friday night.
MARIETTA — Led by a stingy defense and the duo of quarternack Ayo Ashi and running back Tra Wynn, Osborne notched its first win of the season, 20-7, over Lakeside-DeKalb.

“I turned it over to (defensive) coach Gibson, and he did a heck of a job,” Osborne coach Byron McCall said after earning his first win as a head coach. “We knew this team was down, but they’re not out.”

The Cardinals were flying around making big hits and forcing turnovers. Osborne capitalized on the mistakes as both of Ashi’s touchdown throws came after Lakeside fumbles. The Cardinals held the Vikings to 79 yards of total offense while forcing six turnovers.

Osborne turned the ball over twice and managed only 194 yards of offense, but the Cardinals were able to move the ball when it mattered, and capitalized on good field position.

“We’re not where we need to be,” McCall said. “We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and work. We’ve got to put more points on the board so we can get other guys into the ball game.”

Wynn led the Cardinals with 14 carries for 78 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. He also caught two passes for touchdowns — the first from 4 yards and the second from 5 yards out.

Wynn’s second touchdown catch came on the final play of the first half after Osborne recovered a Lakeside fumble

The Cardinals used the final 3 minutes of the second quarter and drove to the Vikings’ 5-yard line before spiking the ball with 4 seconds left to set up the late score.

Lakeside’s only touchdown of the game came following an Osborne mistake. The Vikings returned a fumble by Ashi for a touchdown to make the score 7-0.

The Osborne defense responded and kept Lakeside out of the end zone for the duration of the game. McCall expects more hard-hitting defense in his program’s future.

“Before, Osborne wasn’t known as hitters,” McCall said. “We’re hitters now, and we play nasty football, and we’re going to keep it going.”

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