Kowboys take time off until regional
By Rick Pedone
Osceola takes a one-week break after its 41-0 win over St. Cloud Friday at Kowboys field.
The Kowboys, 8-2, and 6-0 in district 7A-6, will prepare for their 7A-2 regional quarterfinal against Lakeland Nov. 15.
St. Cloud, 3-7 and 2-4, next takes the field in May for its spring game.
Sophomore Laderrien Wilson ran for three touchdowns and senior Scooter Fagan ran for two TDs as the Kowboys built a 33-0 lead at halftime against the Bulldogs.
It was Osceola’s eighth straight victory over St. Cloud, counting a forfeit 2010.
Daequan Harrison’s 60-yard punt return set up Wilson’s first touchdown run in the first quarter, and Harrison’s 65-yard pass to Joey Casillas set up Fagan’s second TD with 5:20 left in the first half.
Akiel Hamilton scored Osceola’s last touchdown in the third quarter.
Osceola defensive back Doug Jones had an interception in the second half.
Osceola leads the all-time series with St. Cloud, the fifth-oldest in Florida, 59-27-4.
“It was one of our better games. We didn’t have any turnovers. It was a good way to end the regular season,” Kowboys Coach Doug Nichols said.
St. Cloud Coach Bryan Smart said his team, a considerable underdog, never seemed to catch fire at Kowboys field last week.
“I don’t know what it was, maybe because we had that real exciting win over Liberty the week before, but we never really seemed to get the adrenaline going,” Smart said.
The game concluded a Bulldogs season that was plagued by near-misses against district rivals Harmony and Gateway that prevented St. Cloud from making a playoff bid.
The team also was decimated by injuries, missing as many as eight starters at one point in the season.
Smart saluted the effort by his seniors and said many are capable of playing at the college level.
“(Brian) Steinmetz, (Jonathan) Stewart, (Kendrick) Calixte, (Josh) Robbins, all of those guys and a few others, can make it. I’ve told them all that we’ll get the tapes out there and see about finding them a place to play,” Smart said.
Katie Pedone contributed to this story.