The Washington Post

Osbourn’s turnaround continues with hot start

- FROM STAFF REPORTS — Michael Errigo

For the first time in more than a decade, the Osbourn football team is 3- 0.

It is a perfect record for a near-perfect performanc­e. The Eagles have yet to concede a point, and their offense has been happy to pile them on. After Friday’s 35- 0 win over Osbourn Park, the program has outscored opponents 143- 0.

“They get excited about the shutouts,” Coach Cortez Whiting said of his defense. “And when you go up big, you tend to put the young guys in. And even they are eager to keep the shutouts going.”

Their early-season schedule has been light, but the Eagles are not about to take any win for granted. In 2017, Whiting’s first year as head coach, they won a single game. In 2018, they produced the same record. They jumped to three wins in 2019, and by the time they played a condensed season this spring, the transforma­tion was in effect. Osbourn went 4-2 for the program’s first winning record since 2011.

“This is my fifth year, so these are all really my kids,” Whiting said. “And we felt really strongly about this group after a strong spring — both the talent and the senior leadership.”

One of those senior leaders is quarterbac­k Jakari Lewis. Lewis spent last year as a running back, finishing as one of the area’s top rushers in the spring season. Lewis had not played the position since youth leagues, but the experiment has produced ideal results so far.

“You always want to get the ball into your most dangerous player’s hands,” Whiting said. “And the quarterbac­k, he always has the ball.”

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