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Short rest not a problem for Osbourn Park

While Osbourn Park’s 19-6 upset of Woodbridge this past Friday in the Northwest Region Division 6 semifinals was impressive enough -- the Yellow Jackets forced six turnovers and held the Vikings their season-low offensive output -- let’s take a closer look at how it happened.

The most amazing part, to me, was that this game happened roughly 96 hours after Osbourn Park’s first win of the playoffs, a 28-13 quarterfinal victory over Riverbend on Nov. 16. That game was supposed to be played on Friday, Nov. 13, but then the floodgates opened and everything was washed out.

Osbourn Park expected to play on Saturday but its field was still soaked, so the playoff game against Riverbend -- the Yellow Jackets’ first since 2003 -- was moved to Monday at 7 p.m.

Immediately following the game, the Yellow Jackets were forced to plan for Woodbridge, a team that was well-rested because of a bye and beat Osbourn Park, 9-3, on Oct. 30.

I asked Yellow Jackets Coach Brian Beaty if he pulled an all-nighter with his coaching staff and he just laughed. No, the Osbourn Park coaches weren’t stumbling into Sheetz at 2 a.m. on Tuesday; at this point, Beaty said, teams know each other, offenses have been installed and there’s only so much week-to-week preparation that can be done.

“This late in the season, you’ve seen people,” Beaty said. “You know what they run. They know what you run. You have your base stuff in and you don’t have to go over that.”

The most important thing, Beaty said, was that his team did not do too much hitting to risk injury at practice. Osbourn Park hit the field on Tuesday afternoon in only helmets, concentrating on jogging and the offensive game plan for Woodbridge.

Wednesday was a bit tougher of a test, although even that practice featured only shoulder pads and helmets -- “for our own protection,” Beaty said. Thursday was the typical walk-through day before Friday’s 7:30 kickoff at Woodbridge.

“Having the short week, I felt like the kids were pretty focused,” Beaty said. “I think they understood that we couldn’t afford to bang very much during the week with it being so short.”

Against Woodbridge, Osbourn Park trailed 6-3 at halftime but exploded for a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to take a 16-6 lead before Zach Roy tacked on his second field goal of the game -- a 26-yarder -- as insurance.

Osbourn Park running back Gary Jackson III started the scoring in the third quarter with a 20-yard run, and quarterback Dominique Terrell (18 carries, 80 yards) followed with a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Travis Marion.

The six turnovers doomed Woodbridge, which finished its season at 10-1. This fall the Vikings endured the resignation of their longtime coach but kept right on winning, claiming their second straight undefeated regular season.

“You could be one of the best teams in the nation and you’re not going to overcome [six turnovers],” said Vikings Interim Coach Kevin Smith. “I think our defense did a great job, considering everything. They kept the offense in the game until the bitter end.”

No. 19 Osbourn Park advances to play at No. 4 Battlefield (11-0) in the Division 6 region final on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Haymarket.

By Jason Mackey  |  November 23, 2009; 8:38 PM ET
Categories:  Battlefield , Football , Northwest Region , Osbourn Park , Woodbridge  
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