From Sunday's Prince William Extra
Terrell, Osbourn too much for Osbourn Park
Dominique Terrell had just absorbed a vicious blow to his helmet, the result of a last-ditch effort to hurl his 5-foot-10 frame into the end zone Friday night. And as Osbourn's quarterback slowly gathered himself and walked toward the sideline, he raised his right hand in the air, acknowledging the crowd.
On this night, with Osbourn facing crosstown rival Osbourn Park, which crowd Terrell was acknowledging would be the subject of much conversation.
That's because only a few days before the start of training camp, Terrell announced that he would transfer to Osbourn, the result of a family move into the City of Manassas. And instantly, with a Division I recruit under center, the Eagles were contenders.
On Friday night, with his new school playing host to his old one, Terrell delivered an electric performance to lift the Eagles to a 27-14 win, running 32 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns, including that 3-yard score with the sixth-ranked Eagles (5-0) needing a spark in the third quarter.
Terrell, who is believed to have close to 20 Division I scholarship offers, insisted that this week was like any other, that facing his old team wasn't any different from the first four games of the season.
"To me it's just playing football," Terrell said.
But Osbourn Coach Steve Schultze didn't ignore the significance of Terrell facing his former team. In fact, Schultze admitted that most of the players were a bit anxious to see how their signal caller would react.
"We all knew it was going to be an exciting game," Schultze said. "We were all jittery."
Osbourn scored on its second possession on a one-yard run from Robert Carter before Terrell's 3-yard plunge in the third. Terrell delivered again with less than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter before breaking a 34-yard run to put the game out of reach.
"We ran the ball well," said Terrell, who now has 837 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns this season on 130 carries. "The offensive line blocked all night."
What Terrell represents at Osbourn can be traced back a few years to players like Brandon Hogan, Jerell McFadden and Thomas Keith, all athletic players who've excelled under center in Coach Steve Schultze single wing-spread hybrid offense.
Terrell said he was already well-versed in the spread - something he ran frequently at Osbourn Park - and just needed to pick up the single wing principles that are specific to Schultze's version of it. And judging by Friday's win, he has.
"The last several years at our quarterback position, we've had really talented kids," Schultze said. "As coach, when a kid like that moves into your city and into your system, you're just excited to have that happen."