Manassas Park senior quarterback Jay Terrell had more than the usual butterflies in his stomach before his team's home playoff game Friday night.
"I was so nervous and I didn't want to tell anybody," Terrell said. "That was the most nervous I have ever been. They have a winning streak here. I didn't want to be the one to lose it."
Terrell can relax for at least a week, as his spectacular play led Manassas Park to a 22-14 Virginia A Region B Division 2 semifinal win over previously unbeaten Goochland. Terrell's night included 152 yards rushing on 34 carries, 132 yards passing, two fumble recoveries and a key fourth-quarter interception. And if that wasn't enough, he recovered an onside kick, kicked a 24-yard field goal and scored two touchdowns.
For Goochland, it was the second straight year its season ended at the hands of a Terrell-led Cougars squad. Last year, Jay's cousin Zach led Manassas Park past the Bulldogs and all the way to a 14-0 record and a Division 2 state title.
Manassas Park's path to a possible repeat might have gotten smoother Friday when region No. 1 seed Gretna lost at home to Chatham, 34-27. So rather than hitting the road for the region final, Manassas Park (11-0) will host Chatham (10-1) next Saturday at 2 p.m.
"This group of kids doesn't know anything but winning," said Manassas Park Coach Jeff Lloyd, whose team has now captured 25 straight games overall and 28 straight at home. "They don't want to be the group to end it."
Terrell's biggest play of the night may have came on the second play from scrimmage, when he came up from his defensive back position and put a jarring hit on running back D.J. Coles. The hit forced a fumble, which Terrell recovered. More importantly for Goochland, the hit injured Coles's left wrist. The sophomore running back, who had nearly 1,000 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns this season, did not return to the game and left the stadium by ambulance before the half.
"It was unfortunate that Coles got hurt early," Lloyd said. "That was a big loss for them."
The Cougars turned the turnover into a one-yard touchdown dive by Todd Smoot. In fact, all four scores by Manassas Park came after Goochland turnovers -- a three-yard Terrell run later in the first quarter after an interception gave his team a 13-0 halftime lead.
Goochland cut the lead in the third quarter to 13-7 and had the momentum after Terrell fumbled. But Terrell recovered a Goochland fumble on the next play and Manassas Park drove 38 yards -- aided in part by two great catches by Raphael Rigaud -- to score its final touchdown on Terrell's fourth-and-goal bootleg from the 4.
Leading 19-7, Terrell intercepted quarterback Brian Jordan's pass on Goochland's next play, and that turnover led to Terrell's field goal.
Goochland (10-1) came into the game with nearly 3,000 yards rushing but had trouble passing once it fell behind. Jordan had just 12 yards passing until Goochland's final drive which resulted in the final score with less than a minute remaining.