Osborne hands Smith first win as coach
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Correspondent
September 10, 2011 02:38 AM | 3175 views | 4 4 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
McNair at Osborne

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MARIETTA — Jay’won Chistain’s game-high 170 yards rushing and three touchdowns lifted Osborne to its first victory of the season in the Cardinals’ home opener with a 29-7 victory over McNair on Friday. The victory was also the first win for coach Xarvia Smith with the program.

Osborne (1-2) scored the first points in the contest on a 22-yard field goal by Gustavo Gomez in the first quarter to take the early 3-0 lead.

McNair (0-3) had a drive that lasted more than 10 minutes in its next possession but turned the ball over on downs when Justin Corley was stopped one yard short during a rush by the swarming Cardinals’ defense with 11:41 left in the second quarter.

The Cardinals took advantage of the Mustangs’ turnover with a 7-yard touchdown run by Chistain with 8:45 left in the first half, giving Osborne a 13-0.

McNair struggled throughout the first half on offense and another turnover in the second quarter, this one courtesy of a fumble by Michael House after a reception, gave the Cardinals excellent field position that wasn’t wasted.

Chistain scored his second touchdown of the game on a two-yard run with 3:53 left in the first half to increase the Cardinals’ lead to 16-0.

“Jay’won (Chistain) is the real deal and one of the best fullbacks that I’ve been able to coach,” said Smith after the contest.

Osborne continued its offensive domination by scoring the first points in the second half on Chistain’s third and final touchdown of the contest courtesy of a 19-yard dash to make the score 23-0.

McNair avoided the shutout by putting together an impressive drive on its second possession of the second half, highlighted by a 71-yard pass from Mickey Ridley to Mike Davis to get within scoring range. Davis finished the game with a game-high 107 yards in receiving. The Mustangs scored on their next play, a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ridley to House for their only score of the contest.

Osborne scored its final points of the game on a four-yard touchdown rush by Nyiakki Height with 6:13 left in the game.

“It feels good to get a win in our first home game of the year,” said Smith. “Our program is in a building stage and to have the administration, kids and teachers working together towards a common interest is great for everyone.”

Osborne outrushed McNair 287-134 and was able to convert four third-down conversions, all on rushing plays.

“Our offense is based on rushing and we plan to do that all year,” said Smith. “Our offensive line did a great job of executing the plays.”

The biggest beneficiary of Osborne’s offense gameplan was Christain who earned 88 of his 170 yards rushing in the second half.

“I was hungry tonight to get as many yards as possible,” said Christain. “I’m new to the team and wanted to show the fans that our team can come together at home and earn the victory.”

While the entire Osborne program appreciated the win, coach Smith looked to the future, as the Cardinals will officially begin playing contests within their region on Sept. 16 when they travel to Hiram.

“Tonight was a good victory for us but we need to clean up some parts of our game,” said Smith. “Hiram is an excellent team, runs a similar offense to ours and it should be a great battle between two excellent squads.”
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September 13, 2011
McNair has a good team, but Osborne played a better game. Great job, Cardinals!
September 12, 2011
I am so proud of my Osborne Cardinal Football Team. Keep Up The Great Work Guys! MAYA G
September 12, 2011
They are actually pretty good. Osborne shut down their main runner/returner/everything guy (#1) though. And that was that.
West Cobb Resident
September 10, 2011
McNair must really be bad.
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