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Osborne's passing propels Villa Park
ORANGE - The perfection of quarterback Dylan Osborne and the pursuit of the Villa Park defense quickly sucked the drama from the Spartans' Century League opener against El Modena on Thursday.
Osborne completed all 10 of his first-half passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns to help lead No. 13 Villa Park to a 47-13 victory at El Modena.
The Spartans (4-1, 1-0) led, 30-0, after the first quarter and 44-0 at halftime against the Vanguards (2-3, 0-1).
But the drama quickly surfaced during the postgame handshake as Villa Park coach Dusan Ancich and El Modena coach Ed Drzanek had a heated exchange at midfield surrounded by their assistant coaches.
"I think he thought we ran the score up," Ancich said of Drzanek. "And I thought we played our stars in the first half and not one star played in the second half."
Villa Park's lone score in the second half came on a 42-yard field goal by Jason Sanders, who made it 47-0 with 5:10 left in the third.
The Spartans, ranked fourth in the Southwest Division, nearly scored again with 8:05 left in the fourth quarter on a fake punt. An 84-yard pass was nullified by a penalty with Villa Park leading, 47-6.
"We made an audible on the football field to score a touchdown, which was probably unnecessary but it got called back," Ancich said. "But I thought our kids played classy. I thought our coaching staff did good. We cut it off at halftime."
Drzanek said he was upset with his team's execution against the league's two-time defending champion.
"I just said it's our job to basically shut them down," Drzanek said. "That's our job. There's nothing else."
Asked about the fake punt, Drzanek said, "They probably have some automatics and kids probably see some things. ... I was pleased they subbed and let our kids play. They're a good, quality football team.:
Villa Park produced plays of 72 and 77 yards on its first two possessions.
On Villa Park's second play from scrimmage, running back Michael Holmes broke a 72-yard run to the El Modena 2. On the next play, Meki Tafuna scored as the Spartans opened a 7-0 lead.
On the Spartans next possession, Osborne completed a 77-yard pass to Tafuna on the first play to move Villa Park to the Vanguards 2. Tafuna added another 2-yard TD run and Villa Park led, 14-0, after just 3:14.
Osborne later capped a swift 46-yard scoring drive with a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lenny Cowans for a 21-0 lead.
Villa Park's defense added a safety when linebacker Christian Castro took advantage of an errant snap and tackled the quarterback in the end zone.
Before the half was over, Osborne tossed a 45-yard touchdown to wide receiver Kyle Gordon.
Osborne, a junior, didn't play in the second half, finishing 10 for 10 for 240 yards.
"Two weeks in a row he has gotten better," Ancich said. "Very proud of him. Proud of our whole team."
Ancich said after the Spartans' 27-7 loss two weeks ago against Edison, they identified offense as an area that needed improvement. Villa Park also was without seven starters against Edison.
"They beat us that night," Ancich said of Edison. "Offensively, that is something we had to work on. I thought tonight was great for our offense."
Villa Park's defense held El Modena to 12 yards rushing in the first half and 0 for 6 on third-down conversions.
El Modena QB James Richardson ran for a 4-yard touchdown and threw a 13-yard TD pass to Tyler Ramos in the second half.
Villa Park has a bye next week before taking on Foothill. El Modena plays Foothill next week.