Saturday, November 20, 1999

Edgewood 19, Lebanon 7

Cougars oust last year's state champs

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Edgewood's David White soars into the end zone over Lebanon's Dan Johnson.
(Jeff Swinger photos)
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        DAYTON — Edgewood's No. 8 was listed only as “Brandon,” with no last name, in the official program.

        This unknown player turned out to be quarterback Brandon Osborne, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, who played the game of his career Friday in leading the Cougars to a 19-7 victory over defending state champion Lebanon at Welcome Stadium.

        The victory wrapped up the Division II, Region 8 championship and advanced Edgewood into the state semifinals next week.

        Osborne completed all three of his pass attempts for 116 yards, one for the clinching touchdown in the third quarter.

        “I told Brandon that he's allowed to throw four passes a game,” Edgewood coach Steve Channell said. “Tonight he threw only three, but they were all big.”

Lebanon QB Casey Abrams on the run.
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        Osborne excelled despite playing in a steady rain with strong wind.

        “Every pass I've thrown this year has been play action,” Osborne said. “Tonight, the receivers got open, and all I had to do was throw the ball.”

        Osborne's first completion came in the second quarter.

        On second and 13 from the Lebanon 48, Osborne lofted a perfect strike to Evan Wirtley that was carried to the 6. Three plays later, David White scored from a yard out.

        The most important completion came in the third quarter with the Cougars clinging to a 13-7 lead.

        On third and 3 from the Edgewood 26, Osborne hit Ryan White on the 10-yard line. The speedy running back dove into the end zone for the score and a 19-7 advantage with 1:16 remaining in the third quarter.

        “They pushed us around and beat us in every phase of the game,” Lebanon coach Dave Brausch said. “Give them credit. They whipped up on us.”

        The Cougars picked up 302 yards on the ground on 58 carries. Lebanon managed 156 yards rushing and 49 through the air, with Casey Abrams completing four of 18 passes.

        “Again tonight the line did a great job blocking for the running backs,” said tailback David White, who rushed for 161 yards on 25 carries.

        Channell wasn't worried at halftime, although the Cougars led only 13-7.

        “Our defense was shutting them down, and the offense was moving the ball,” Channell said. “We told the kids at halftime that we just had to keep what we were doing in the first half.”

        The Cougars were their own worst enemy in the first half, turning over the ball twice, the first time, in the second quarter, leading to Lebanon's only touchdown.

        After driving 65 yards in 12 plays on their first possession for a 7-0 lead, the Cougars fell prey to Lebanon defensive lineman Jordan Hicks, who stripped the ball from fullback Danny Beiser at the Warrior 32.

        Hicks, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior broke into the open field, taking it 67 yards for the TD to tie the score at 7-7 with 9:47 remaining in the second quarter.

        Edgewood took over at its own 20. It took the Cougars 10 plays to score, when David White took it in from the 1.

        Edgewood ....... 7  6  6  0—19

        Lebanon ....... 0  7  0  0— 7

        E—R. White 4 run (Robertson kick)

        L—Hicks 67 fumble return (Eldridge kick)

        E—D. White 1 run (kick wide)

        E—R. White 36 pass from Osborne (run failed)

        Records: Lebanon 10-3, Edgewood 13-0. Paid Attendance: 7,844.


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