By Mark Gianotto
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In a span of four minutes during Monday night's AAA Northwest Region semifinal against Riverbend, Osbourn Park junior Dominique Terrell showed exactly why he's one of Virginia's most sought after recruits and why his talent sometimes drives his coaches crazy.
With his team hanging on to a 7-0 lead at the start of the second quarter, Terrell tried to pick up a bouncing punt along the sideline only to fumble it and set the Bears up for a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Zach Naccarato to wide receiver Nicky Lacik four plays later. But when he took the field as quarterback on Osbourn Park's ensuing possession, Terrell made up for the gaffe with his blazing speed on a 66-yard touchdown dash that propelled the Yellow Jackets to a 28-13 victory.
"There's a kid always trying to make a play, always thinking he can break the big one," said Coach Brian Beaty of his 5-foot-10 playmaker. Terrell has more than a dozen offers from schools like Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, Miami, and UCLA. "Sometimes you get angry, but a lot of times he does break that play."
The win gave Osbourn Park its first postseason victory since 2003. Since he had no experience in the playoffs, before the game, Terrell talked on the phone with his older brother, Zach, who led Manassas Park to a state title in 2004.
He told Terrell to "do you" and stick to what got him there in the first place. After rushing for an average of 6.4 yards per carry during the regular season, Terrell showed his knack for the big play, accumulating 271 total yards (225 rushing, 46 passing) and two touchdowns, which included runs of 52, 20, and 18 yards. None, though, were as big as his redeeming scamper down the sideline that gave Osbourn Park a lead it would never relinquish.
"I was down . . . but I just had to think about the next play," Terrell said. "I thought it was just gonna be a first down, but I saw the hole and just took it."