BECKLEY, W.Va. -- If you ask Woodrow Wilson coach John Lilly, his offense has a long way to go in establishing the read-option play that last year's now-graduated quarterback Andrew Johnson ran to perfection.
But one would have to consider current QB Brent Osborne's effort on Friday night a pretty good step in the right direction.
Better known for his passing exploits, Osborne turned in quite a little dual-threat performance, rushing for 221 yards on 12 carries to go with 94 yards on a 7-of-16 passing night with a pair of touchdowns as Woodrow erupted for 37 points after halftime in a 50-10 win over Riverside at Van Meter Stadium.
With the Flying Eagles offense stymied throughout much of the first half, in large part due to its own mistakes, Osborne started finding consistent running room by faking a handoff to running back Chase Hancock and running around the end.
That play was his main weapon in recording a gaudy 18.4 yards per rush, and his efforts were more than enough to bury a Riverside team that showed quite a bit of fight early.
"We're still not where we were the last two years but we're getting there," Lilly said. "We're so young in the skill positions that sometimes we make some stupid mistakes, but once we clean that up we might be a good football team. We're not where we want to be with it, but we're getting better."
When Osborne wasn't slashing through the Riverside defense, he was giving it to Hancock, who added 130 yards on 19 carries and three second-half touchdowns.
In all, the Flying Eagles (2-2) piled up 432 yards on the ground on 38 carries while holding Riverside to 110 yards on 46 rushes.
Part of the Warriors' problem was finding healthy bodies to carry the ball. Starting running back Will Jackson has had an ankle issue over the last couple of weeks and only managed six early carries before being forced to leave the game for good.
Riverside coach Steven Freeman said Jackson's woes are just the tip of the iceberg for his already thin squad.
"We really suffered a bunch of injuries tonight and that hurt us early," Freeman said. "Our second tailback went down, our third tailback got hurt during practice this week, and we kind of got down where we were throwing fullbacks in there and other kids to run. That hurts you in a game like this where you really want to be able to control the clock and manage the game. You've got some holes, but kids aren't seeing it because they haven't practiced that position.