The Manassas Park High School marching band played music from James Bond movies Thursday night, and it was a fitting choice: The band saluted "007" at halftime, and the rest of the night belonged to No. 7.
Senior Zach Terrell threw for three touchdowns, ran for one, returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a score and caught an interception one yard into the end zone and ran it back for a touchdown, all in just three quarters of play in a 55-0 home win over Page County.
Terrell also returns punts for the Cougars but had only one opportunity, in the third quarter. And yes, the thought of running it back did cross his mind.
"I was thinking about what if I could score all those different ways," said Terrell, who hit senior A.C. Fitchett with two touchdown passes and junior Ralphael Rigaud with one. "I thought I was going to get away at first, but then they just swarmed me."
Page County players were so impressed by Terrell that as they filed past him after the game, many offered words of congratulations. It was a gesture that did not particularly surprise Manassas Park Coach Jeff Lloyd, whose team has beaten Page in each of his seven seasons as coach and is 3-0 for the sixth straight year.
"I think it says a lot, but I think that kid also shows respect to the kids he plays," Lloyd said. "Even to his own teammates. . . . He'll come over to get the play and say, 'Coach, get [so-and-so] a touchdown.' That's what being a team kid is about, and he's really become just a fantastic player and a team kid and a leader.
"Before, he had the talent, and all the kids looked to him as a leader, and a lot of times he stepped in that role, but kind of reluctantly. Now as a senior, and [having] been through the fire so many times, it's just another day for him."
Terrell's performance overshadowed the shutout effort. The Cougars gave up 12 first downs but came up with five turnovers -- first-half interceptions by Rigaud and Terrell and second-half fumble recoveries by sophomore Anthony Williams and seniors Joe Greene and Steven Cook.
"To be honest with you, when the year began, I never thought we'd have a shutout this year," said Lloyd, whose team blanked seven opponents in going 12-1 in 2003 but lost seven starters off that unit. "Our offense is a spread and at times maybe it's finesse and I think it kind of carries over [on defense], but we're getting tougher, we're getting a little bit meaner, and I was proud of our kids and glad to see that."