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Manassas Park senior Jay Burwick picked up the newspaper and saw that his former school, Westfield, is ranked No. 12 in the Washington area. Burwick is a first-year player at Manassas Park, which toils in the tiniest classification in the state and is a long shot to crack The Post top 20.
But the size of the school does not determine the magnitude of the game, as Burwick discovered last night when his successful extra-point attempt in overtime gave the Cougars a 14-13 homecoming win over arch-rival Brentsville. The victory enabled Manassas Park to snare a piece of its first Bull Run District title since 1990 and post the first nine-win regular season in school history.
"It's not different on this [smaller] level at all," said Burwick, who was a junior varsity player at his former school. "Same intensity, same skills. The boys in triple-A are bigger, but the skill kids are equal.
"I've wanted to be the last point in a game for a while," he added. "I was a little nervous, but I've been able to put them through. Lately I just don't think about it, really."
In overtime, Brentsville (7-2, 3-1), playing its third game in eight days, took possession first and scored on a three-yard run by junior running back Wes Basham on third down. But Manassas Park junior defensive lineman Howard Mighty popped through to block the extra point, leaving the Tigers with a perilous 13-7 lead.
"I went through so fast I don't know what happened," Mighty said. "I just said this is what's going to win this game for us."
On the possession for the Cougars (9-1, 4-1), senior running back Price Ward, who was the homecoming king, carried twice to the 4, and a face-mask penalty on third down moved the ball to the 2. Sophomore quarterback Zach Terrell eventually surged in from the one on fourth down -- thanks in part to an offensive line switch and a quick snap -- to put the game in Burwick's hands, or in this case, feet.
The kick, after Jeremy Carl provided a sharp snap and senior wide receiver Ben Prewitt a clean hold, gave Manassas Park a third straight win over the Tigers, who can join Manassas Park and Strasburg as district co-champions with a home win next Friday against Clarke County.