Tomorrow, 4 p.m.
At Bridgeforth Stadium, James Madison University
When Manassas Park has the ball: Chances are it will be in the hands of senior QB Jay Terrell, who has racked up 3,084 total yards and 45 touchdowns in his first year with the program. Giles Coach Steve Ragsdale compares Terrell favorably with three NFL players his Spartans have faced through the years -- Park View's Allen Pinkett, and Powell Valley's Thomas and Julius Jones. "He looks exceptional to me," Ragsdale said. "I don't think I've ever seen a kid we're going to face who looks as elusive as this kid is." Terrell has either run or thrown for 10 of his team's 11 offensive touchdowns in the postseason, and, most pleasing to Coach Jeff Lloyd, he committed no turnovers last week. The Cougars have won 27 straight games.
When Giles has the ball: Manassas Park senior MLB Bucky Griffith and his fellow defenders will be trying to find it. Giles, about 30 miles west of Blacksburg, has run the deceptive single-wing offense for all 28 years of Ragsdale's tenure. Lloyd said he has not faced a single-wing team during his eight years as head coach. It is a difficult look to simulate in practice. "The hardest thing is to teach kids to read keys and to not try to find the football, because when you try to find it, you won't find it," Lloyd said. The Spartans, who won state titles in 1980 (AA) and 1993, took quick three-touchdown leads in their past two playoff games. Their only loss this season was to Division 1 finalist William Campbell.
-- Preston Williams
Passing LeadersComp.-Att.-Int.Yds.TDsGiles TB Ricky Cook 17-25-32142Manassas Park QB Jay Terrell 75-178-141,28413Rushing LeadersAtt.Yds.TDsGiles TB Ricky Cook 1861,27522Giles FB Ryne Hevener 1771,13919Manassas Park QB Jay Terrell 2731,80032Receiving LeadersRec.Yds.TDsGiles WR Jared Brown71001Man. Park WR Raphael Rigaud 448106