Campbell starts 2-0 for first time since 2007 season
by Greg Oshust
MDJ Sports Writer
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SMYRNA — Campbell picked up where it left off in its long dormant rivalry with Osborne as the Spartans defeated their neighborhood rival

27-6 Friday at Richard McDaniel Stadium.

Campbell (2-0) scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and a couple more in the second to put the finishing touches on a win in its first game with Osborne since 2005.

It was a familiar result in the rivalry between the two schools, separated by only 3 miles on Windy Hill Road, as Campbell won for the 16th in 19 games with Osborne and took its eighth win in a row over the Cardinals. The Spartans won the last meeting 61-8 in ’05.

Campbell coach Harris Rainbow was happy to see the rivalry renewed.

“It’s a great rivalry,” Rainbow said. “The kids are excited. Our kids know (Osborne’s), and they know ours. It was exciting to win the game, but I hope the kids understand that the biggest game is going on next week.”

The win also gives Campbell its first 2-0 start since 2007. The Spartans opened the season last week with a 35-6 win over Morrow.

“Our kids are excited, the whole program is excited,” Rainbow said. “Our hope for our kids is that our kids will learn to expect it. We’ve come a long way, but we have a long way to go. We’re just going to try to get better every week.”

Darius Harris rushed for 120 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown, while Michael Rogers ran for 64 yards on five carries and had two scores to lead the way for Campbell.

Robert Cooks rushed 96 yards on 19 carries and scored the lone touchdown of the game for Osborne

(0-3), while Timothy Harris had 95 yards on 10 rushes.

Campbell got on the scoreboard on the first offensive series of the game as it marched 12 plays for 72 yards and completed the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run by Harris and an extra-point kick by Enrique Yenny to take a 7-0 lead with 8:46 remaining in the first quarter.

The Spartans increased their lead to 14-0 towards the end of the first quarter as Rogers scored on a 23-yard run and Yenny booted another extra point with 30 seconds left.

It appeared Campbell would stretch its lead even further as Rogers ran the ball into the end zone on a 40-yard punt return with 9:13 remaining in the first half, but the score was called back after the Spartans were charged with a holding penalty.

Campbell eventually did get its third touchdown of the game on that series as Rogers scored on a 9-yard run with 4:38 left in the first half, with the extra-point kick being blocked, to increase the Spartans’ advantage to 20-0.

Osborne struck right back on the ensuing series as Harris’ 70-yard run helped set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Cooks with 2:54 left to cut Campbell’s lead to 20-6.

However, Campbell had the last word as Ricky James scored on a 14-yard run with 14 seconds left in the first half and Yenny made the extra point to give the Spartans their ultimate margin of victory.

“I felt like the kids came out and played hard,” Rainbow said. “We did some good things in the first half. Our defensive linemen screwed up and we gave up a big run (Timothy Harris’ 70-yard run). Other than that, I thought we did a good job. Coming out of halftime, I felt like we got a little lackadaisical. We made some silly mistakes, but we’ll clean those things up and we’ll be better for it next week.”
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