It was a big night to end a big week for Hough’s Marquill Osborne.
After being named to the Under Armour All-American Game this week, the senior was named homecoming king at the Huskies’ 31-0 win over West Charlotte Friday night.
Osborne made his presence felt on the playing field, too, setting up the Huskies’ first touchdown with a first-quarter interception return to the Lions’ 5-yard line and adding a 20-yard punt return – all before being crowned at halftime. It was the Tennessee recruit’s fourth interception of the season.
It was a welcome homecoming for the Huskies, No. 3 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, whose previous two games were an overtime win at defending state 4AA champion Mallard Creek Oct. 9, and a two-touchdown victory over then-unbeaten A.L. Brown in Kannapolis last week.
“I didn’t think we were as intense as we should be,” Hough coach Miles Aldridge said of what he considered an uninspired performance by his team after two tough road games. “As far as scheduling, maybe it was good to have a game like this right now, especially with the two games we have coming up.”
Hough is the only remaining unbeaten team in MECKA-4A, and finishes the regular season with conference games against North Mecklenburg and Vance.
Sophomore running back Jarett Nagy paced the Huskies’ offense Friday, rushing for 84 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries. Junior quarterback Jackson Gibbs completed 5 of 9 passes for 81 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Gray also had an interception for Hough.
One bright spot for West Charlotte was running back Jerko’Ya Patton, who gained 97 yards on 21 carries. Javaris Jett and Quinton Mickerson also had interceptions for West Charlotte.
Records: Hough is is 8-1, 4-0 in MECKA 4A. West Charlotte is 2-8 overall, 1-4 in conference play.
Quote: “I can wish it. I can hope it. I’ll work my butt off, but they’ve got to do it.” – Aldridge, on the Huskies winning their final two regular season games.
Worth mentioning: Osborne will receive his jersey for the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game Tuesday during a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at Hough. Hough’s Zach Stearns had a 57-yard punt in the first quarter, pinning West Charlotte at its own 5. Stearns also had a 36-yard field goal and was 4-4 on extra points.
What’s next: Hough makes the short trip to Huntersville for a MECKA 4A game against North Mecklenburg; West Charlotte wraps up its season with a conference game in Kannapolis against A.L. Brown.