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Osborne taking pressure off MHS passing attack

October 20, 2011
By MARK PAWLAK - T-R Asst. Sports Editor ( , Times-Republican

Dominick Osborne has made the move from defensive lineman to double-digit touchdown scorer flawlessly.

The Marshalltown senior running back has a streak of 100 total yards and a score in each of the last four games as the Bobcats go into Friday's Senior Night football contest against Mason City.

Osborne had a career-best 110 rushing yards and a touchdown to go with four receptions in last week's win over Fort Dodge. That victory moved the Bobcats to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the CIML Iowa Conference and also makes this Friday a pivotal game for MHS and its drive for a home playoff game.

Osborne rushed for 98 yards and two scores two weeks ago at Ames.

"He's really come on for us. There was a question mark (at running back) at the beginning of the year," said Marshalltown head coach Dave Holdiman. "Then Colton Fuller got hurt and Dominick really stepped it up."

On 77 rushing attempts this season, Osborne has gained 538 yards for an average of 7 yards per carry. No other MHS player has over 66 yards for the season.

Fact Box

Mason City (2-6, 0-4) at

Marshalltown (6-2, 2-2)

Friday, 7:30 p.m.

At Leonard Cole Field

Osborne's touchdown against Fort Dodge was his 10th for the season and he is the first Bobcat player to reach double figures in rushing scores since quarterback Tyler Peschong in 2007 had 11 TDs.

In addition to his role carrying the ball, Osborne has 27 receptions for 287 yards as Marshalltown has the No. 1 passing offense in Iowa high school football.

"He's turned into an outstanding fifth receiver in our offense. Dominick's caught a lot of key balls for us as well as having key runs," Holdiman said.

"When people drop eight or drop seven and smother your guys vertically down the field and being able to dump the ball off to the back and he converts for a first down, that's a big play in this offense," Holdiman added.

Osborne saw time as a defensive end last season, in addition to having three total carries.

"He was just looking for a way to get on the field last year and it was playing a little bit of D-end," Holdiman said. "It shows you his unselfishness that he just wants to play."

"He's really had a fine year I think for us, he's a guy that stuck around and he's in a position now to make big plays for us," Holdiman added.

Mason City, coached by BCLUW High School alum Justin Penner, is 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the conference. The Mohawks have lost five straight and need a win to give themselves a shot at being in the Class 4A playoff field when it is released late Friday night.

Sam Skogen is their top running threat and the senior had two touchdowns in each of the first three games of the season. He had a season-high 154 yards against Fort Dodge.

Fans are being invited to wear pink as Friday will also be a 'Pink-out' cancer awareness event at Leonard Cole Field.