Osceola’s flag football team didn’t score a point in four quarters in its flag football matchup Thursday against Harmony, which has been the top team in Osceola County ten of the last 12 years.
But thanks to a stingy defense, it was OK, for one night.
A three-yard touchdown pass from Angel Roman to Yuli Cordero in double overtime was the difference — and the only scoring — in the Kowboys’ 6-0 win over the Longhorns.
It was the first game of the year for Harmony; Osceola already racked up a 48-0 win over Cornerstone Charter on Monday. And, including a 28-0 pre-season win over Sebring … you see a pattern forming for the Kowboys, who will take that unscored-upon defense to St. Cloud on Tuesday. The Bulldogs defeated Liberty, 18-6, on Thursday.
“The defense has been the rock for the team right now while the offense is finding its stride,” OHS Coach David Martinez said. “We hurt ourselves with penalties a little tonight.”
With Harmony shutting down the middle of the field in overtime, played like Friday night football where teams get alternating possessions from the 10-yard line — Martinez opted to try outside routes, and Roman hit Cordero in the back of the end zone on third down in the second OT. Harmony’s fourth-down pass on its second overtime possession was high and couldn’t be corralled.
A stiff breeze hurt the passing games in this one. The Longhorns opted for short routes, which didn’t turn into first downs or scores, and Osceola tried all sorts of gadget plays like receiver sweeps and double passes. Each side recorded an interception, and after Osceola completed a pass down to the Longhorns’ 5-yard line with 20 seconds left, Harmony needed a goal-line stand just to make it to overtime.
Harmony will try to find its first points of the season Tuesday at Tohopekaliga.