* Manassas Park 19, Clarke County 0
The Manassas Park football players had not seen grass in week and a half, and they hadn't tackled since their last game, on Oct. 4. Confined to the school's gymnasium for practice, the Cougars hadn't been able to rehearse their spread offense.
So today at Clarke County, the Cougars eased themselves back into the flow, starting the day conservatively and gradually instituting their wide-open offense to pull out a 19-0 victory over the Eagles in a Bull Run District game.
"There's just no way to practice the wide-open offense in the gym," Manassas Park Coach Jeff Lloyd said. "I was concerned with how we'd adjust today, and it took about a quarter and a half until we did. I'm very proud of how these guys came out and played hard today."
Prince William County schools have been prohibited from practicing since the Oct. 9 shooting at a county gas station, but Manassas Park, which had an open date last weekend, has been permitted to work out inside. Coaches and players feared that the momentum of the Cougars' 5-1 start might be lost against teams that had been able to hold full practice.
"It's been kind of strange indoors," said sophomore quarterback Zach Terrell, whose team evened its district record at 1-1. "We couldn't do very much. It was a good feeling to be outside on the football field."
Terrell had a hand in all three of the Cougars' touchdowns, scoring on runs of one and 18 yards and connecting with senior running back-defensive back Price Ward on a 34-yard touchdown pass.
Although the game was played 50 miles away, it technically was a home game for the Cougars. Manassas Park Activities Director Randy West said his school paid for the ticket-takers, game officials and the six Clarke County sheriffs who provided security.
Other than that, it was a typical road game: The Cougars occupied the visitors' spot on the scoreboard, and the Clarke County band provided the entertainment.
Absent, though, were the festivities surrounding what was supposed to be Manassas Park's homecoming. The school did not publicize the game's starting time, and the crowd consisted mainly of family members.
"It was a little disappointing not having homecoming," Ward said. "We just tried to come out and play today like it was homecoming."
The Cougars are scheduled to play at Madison County on Friday. The following weekend, Manassas Park is supposed to play at George Mason, but that game might end up being played at an out-of-area location, West said.