Manassas Park 19,
Reprinted from yesterday's late editions
They set up a couch in an end zone at Manassas Park football games for some lucky fans to have comfortable seating. Friday night, Brentsville personnel could have used the accommodations as a waiting room, because the Tigers waited and waited and waited for a final possession that never came.
Manassas Park senior quarterback Zach Terrell, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third in the 19-18 home win, engineered a scoreless seven-minute drive to drain the clock, denying the Tigers an opportunity for a late score.
Brentsville, which led 18-6 at halftime, had gone for a first down on fourth-and-one from its own 41-yard line early in the fourth quarter but opted to punt away on fourth and six with 7 minutes 2 seconds left. The Tigers hoped that they could corral Terrell, who finished with 140 rushing yards on 29 carries and 237 passing yards.
But time and again the final three quarters, Terrell converted on third down. A screen pass to senior Kenny Hudson on third and nine. A throw across the middle to senior A.C. Fitchett on third and 10. A connection with sophomore Kramer Cadle on third and 13. A deep pass to Fitchett on third and 28. A 33-yard touchdown pass to Fitchett on third and seven to make it 19-18. And on the final possession, a pass to Cadle on third and 15 and a keeper on third and two.
All that added up to a fifth consecutive win for Virginia A Manassas Park (4-0) over the Virginia AA Tigers (2-1), and an 18th straight regular season victory.
"We probably could have gotten better pressure, but [Terrell] picked us apart," Brentsville Coach Dean Reedy said. "I thought seven minutes we could get the ball back and have a shot at it, but they proved us wrong. . . . He's a tremendous athlete and a true competitor, and they follow his lead."
Terrell's cousin, Brentsville junior running back Jay Terrell, gave Brentsville an early lead on a one-yard run to cap a 50-yard drive, and an 80-yard pass from senior Chooch Oristian to junior Zach Basham helped set up a three-yard touchdown run by junior Erich Kottke. Jay Terrell ran for a two-point conversion to make it 15-0.
Manassas Park defensive tackle Deryk Moore picked off a pass at the Brentsville 33 to set up the Cougars' first touchdown, which came on a Zach Terrell keeper. Brentsville senior M.J. McLaughlin kicked a 40-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half for an 18-6 lead.
"At halftime, we told everybody to take a deep breath and relax; we hadn't played well but we were only down 12," Manassas Park Coach Jeff Lloyd said. "The thing about this group -- and it's kind of evolved -- is that they always think they're going to win. If you don't think you can, then you're not. . . . I think [Terrell] willed us to win tonight."
"That right there proved what kind of team we're going to be," said Zach Terrell, who fumbled a would-be touchdown out of the end zone and had a 55-yard touchdown pass called back on a holding penalty. "We're going to be fighting until the end."