Cardinals enjoy big win at home
by Maurice Dixon
MDJ Sports Writer
August 24, 2013 01:25 AM | 2868 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Osborne’s Craig Robinson (1) runs through the Chapel Hill defense Friday at Cardinal Field. The Cardinals won 25-14 and broke an eight-game losing streak in season openers in the process.
Osborne’s Craig Robinson (1) runs through the Chapel Hill defense Friday at Cardinal Field. The Cardinals won 25-14 and broke an eight-game losing streak in season openers in the process.
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MARIETTA — Cobb County’s longest opening-day losing streak is no more.

Junior Tra Wynn rushed for a touchdown and caught another as Osborne ended an eight-game losing skid on opening night with a 25-14 victory over Chapel Hill on Friday at Cardinal Field.

“That’s big,” Osborne coach Xarvia Smith said. “I’m happy. Praise the lord. Our staff has worked so hard. It’s only six of us, but the six men on my staff have just been grinding and putting in a lot of work. They got the kids to believe, and the kids fought.”

Osborne’s last season-opening win came in 2004, in a 10-0 win at Milton.

After holding on to a four-point lead for much of the contest, the Cardinals (1-0) finally put some distance between themselves and the Panthers (0-1) in the closing quarter.

Following Osborne’s second red-zone stop — an interception at the 5 by David Shelton against Logan Johnstone — the Cardinals responded with an eight-play, 75-yard drive. An 8-yard touchdown run by Wynn gave Osborne an 18-7 advantage with 3:47 remaining.

“Just an outstanding job by our secondary,” Smith said. “David made a big play. We talked about someone coming up with a big play and that was crucial at that time. We had two great goal-line stands. Our kids fought through adversity, so I’m very proud of them.”

Chapel Hill, however, had a response and needed just three plays to put the pressure back on Osborne.

After Johnstone completed a 30-yard pass to Maurice Davis, Quincey Shelton sprinted 32 yards to the end zone, cutting the margin back to four just 37 seconds later.

Shelton finished with 225 yards on 34 carries.

After the touchdown by Chapel Hill, the Cardinals returned the favor almost as fast.

Facing third-and-9 on its own 29, Osborne executed a screen pass to perfection. With three Chapel Hill defenders closing in, Craig Robinson lobbed a pass to Wynn, who had plenty of space and blocking, allowing him to race 71 yards down the sideline for the decisive touchdown with 2:12 to go.

“We run a lot from a lot of people,” Smith said. “From McEachern’s staff, North Cobb’s staff and Allatoona’s staff. We work about 20 minutes every day on all kinds of screens. We changed our formation, and the kids executed it to perfection. It was beautiful.”

Chapel Hill turned the ball over on downs on its next possession, and Osborne downed the ball three times to officially seal the win.

In the third quarter, Demetris Davis stopped Shelton at the 1-yard line on fourth down. Tavares Natt caught a 74-yard touchdown pass from Robinson on the Cardinals’ opening drive.

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Tomitka S
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August 27, 2013
Cardinal Nation stand up. Great job team. Proud mom of #5
Osborne Alum C/O 97
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August 25, 2013
So so Happy I've been Praying for OHS and will continue to Pray for the Good of the Shcool and the Children. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!! Keep up the good work Kids always know YOU CAN DO ALL THING THRUGH CHRIST WHO GIVE YOU STREIGH.
Cardinal Faithful
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August 24, 2013
It was awesome to see the excitement of the team, students and parents. Congratulations to Coach Smith and his staff for their hard work in preparing the boys...mind, soul and body. Keep up the hard work and winning attitude. This is going to be a great season!

Osborne Fan
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November 11, 2013
Exciting game, but I need to let Mr. Dixon know that that opening drive (74-yard) TD was Brian Granison # 2. We didn't have a Tavares Natt on the varsity team. Way to go Cardinals
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