Manassas Park senior quarterback Zach Terrell can achieve something this season that no other area athlete can -- graduating as the most successful athlete in his school's history.
"Best kid, hands down," said seven-year Cougars football coach Jeff Lloyd, who also coaches Terrell in baseball and has a handle on the 28-year-old school's former standouts. "When he leaves here, he'll own every offensive record that we have -- rushing, touchdowns, completions, yardage. And when he leaves here in baseball, he's going to own every offensive record, as well.
"You walk into some of the bigger schools and see a kid honored or jersey retired. He's had that type of career here."
Terrell, 22-3 in his two seasons at quarterback, was the Bull Run District offensive player of the year last season, and the Region B defensive player of the year for his contributions in the secondary.
And he is a two-time district player of the year in baseball. Lloyd said he would not be surprised if a major league team drafts the shortstop next June.
So far, the lone scholarship offer has been for football, at Division I-AA James Madison University. Lloyd anticipates more offers, and that's part of the motivation for the season: He wants Terrell to relax and enjoy his senior year, knowing there is a full ride waiting for him. But he also wants him to realize there could be other opportunities.
"He said, 'JMU offered you, but that's not the only school out there,' so I have to perform well this year so more offers will roll in," Terrell said.
Terrell lost much of his supporting cast from last season, one reason why he will have to be a more vocal leader this fall. He is charged with making sure the younger Cougars know what it will take to reach the playoffs for a fourth straight year.
"Zach's done so much here," Lloyd said. "He understands those things."