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Fryer: Better days ahead for Villa Park QB
ANAHEIM – This is a very good day for Dylan Osborne to think about Blair Boyce.
Boyce was Villa Park's starting quarterback in his junior year, 2010. He was having a strong season, and was a key player in the Spartans' run that took them to the CIF-Southern Section Southwest Division semifinals.
In the semifinals, Villa Park played Tustin. Boyce had his worst game of the season and Villa Park lost. Boyce went into the game having completed 59 percent of his passes and had thrown only seven interceptions over 12 games.
Against Tustin, Boyce was 8 for 19 for only 78 yards, and threw two interceptions.
Osborne was Villa Park's starting quarterback this season, his junior year. He was having a strong season, and was a key player in the Spartans' run that this time went all the way to a CIF championship game, the school's first section football final since 1977.
Friday against Edison, Osborne had his worst game of the season.
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Going into the Southwest Division championship game, Osborne had completed 62 percent of his passes, and had thrown only five interceptions over 13 games.
On Friday, Osborne was 8 for 24, threw four interceptions and was sacked three times, once for a safety, as Villa Park lost to Edison, 28-10.
After having his junior season end so disappointingly in 2010, Boyce had a great senior year. In 2011, Boyce completed 54 percent of his passes, with 22 touchdowns against only seven interceptions.
And Boyce was Century League player of the year.
Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich did not have time to recount Boyce's story to Osborne on Friday night. But there was a brief exchange that said quite a bit.
Osborne's last pass of the game was the fourth interception. Osborne, knocked down by an Edison pass rusher upon delivery, stayed on the ground for a few moments, head down, hands slowly rubbing his thighs. He got up slowly and, head still bowed, walked toward the Villa Park sideline.
Osborne had taken only a few steps when he was met by Ancich. Ancich said a few words to Osborne, gave him a vigorous slap to the hindquarters and walked with his quarterback to the sideline.
"I told him I love him," Ancich said. "I said, 'Keep your head up, tomorrow's another day.'"
Osborne, listed as 5-foot-10 and 150 pounds, and looks it even in helmet and shoulder pads, had plenty of great days this season.
He threw four touchdown passes in a nonleague victory over Norte Vista of Riverside. He was 10 for 10 for 240 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions in a Century League victory over El Modena, 21 for 28 in another league triumph over El Dorado and threw for 363 yards and three touchdowns in a league victory over Canyon.
In the playoffs, Osborne was 11 for 14 against Yorba Linda in the first round, 12 for 22 against Newport Harbor and in last week's semifinal victory over defensively ultra-quick Tustin was 9 for 13.
Then, like Boyce in 2010, Osborne had a bad playoff game and it started early. He was 1 for 10 in the first half with two interceptions. And the second half was no better.
"He had one of those days," Ancich said.
There are other days ahead for Dylan Osborne. Check with Blair Boyce for details.