QB Terrell Leads Osbourn Park's Upset of Osbourn
Prior to this season, I had heard a lot about Osbourn Park quarterback Dominique Terrell from my predecessor in Prince William County, Matthew Stanmyre, but I had never seen his athleticism for myself. That was until Osbourn Park’s 28-26 upset of rival Osbourn Friday night during which Terrell had his first breakout game of the season.
Terrell, a 5-foot-10, 155-pound junior and the subject of the story I wrote for Sunday’s Prince William Extra, ran for 170 yards and two touchdowns while also passing for 129 yards and another score.
Many of Terrell’s runs -- he had a 71-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and averaged 7.1 yards per carry -- were runs that even your top running backs couldn’t make. His vision, quickness and ability to read and react off of blocks all lived up to their preseason billing.
Osbourn Coach Steve Schultze put it perfectly when he said, “In space he’s very gifted. He’s a good football player. We didn’t keep him contained and he got outside on us, and when we did have the outside contained he was able to cut and bounce back inside.”
Times like these make me thankful that I write about football for a living and do not get paid to plan ways to stop players like Terrell.
But while Terrell’s performance was impressive, there were several other factors that went into this game. First, Osbourn (3-2) led 3-0 after the first quarter, courtesy of a nine-play opening drive that ended with a 37-yard field goal from Max Jones. Osbourn answered with a three-yard run from Vidal Greene (17 carries, 126 yards, three touchdowns) early in the second quarter before Terrell scored from five yards out after a 54-yard pass to Chris Mason Jr. on a deep, wide-open crossing route.
“We worked on those passes all week in practice, how those safeties like to creep up,” Terrell said of the deep ball on which he connected with Mason.
Greene scored again to put Osbourn ahead, 14-10, and when Osbourn quarterback Thomas Keith’s pass was ruled incomplete instead of an apparent interception by Travis Marion with less than five minutes until halftime, Osbourn was forced to punt instead of turning the ball over. A high snap led to a safety, and three plays later Terrell hit Marion for a 53-yard pass that put the Yellow Jackets ahead, 19-14, at the break.
Osbourn came out in the second half and put together an eight-play drive that covered 72 yards and ended with Greene’s third and final touchdown of the evening, but Terrell again answered with that 71-yard scamper, pushing Osbourn Park ahead again, 25-20.
That was the sixth and final lead change of this game, which saw Osbourn Park (3-1, 1-0 Cardinal) claim victory over its longtime rival for the first time since 2004. Osbourn, in fact, had won the previous five meetings in the series and the Yellow Jackets have now won eight of 13 meetings since 2001.
But Osbourn wasn’t done. After an Osbourn Park punt bounced off of Mason -- who was laying on the ground -- giving possession back to Osbourn, the Eagles drove to the Osbourn Park 27-yard line before Keith’s fourth-and-four pass fell incomplete. Osbourn Park added another field goal. But Keith scored with four minutes to give Osbourn a chance to tie the game if it converted the subsequent two-point conversion.
Anthony Valenti, though, made the initial hit on Osbourn’s Robbie Carter and was joined by several teammates as the Yellow Jackets prevented the conversion and preserved a 28-26 lead. Osbourn threatened once more when it got the ball back after Osbourn Park’s Jamil Brown, who was subbing for Terrell after he twisted his ankle the play before, fumbled the snap.
Osbourn ran three plays and then tried a 40-yard field goal, but Andrew Konig’s attempt was short and wide to the left, finally allowing Osbourn Park to breathe a little bit easier.
It would’ve been easy for Terrell to take all the credit, but he praised his offensive line and said all the right things -- basically lessons that any good quarterback, which Terrell without a doubt is, learns at an early age.
“I did this with my team,” Terrell said. “Everybody contributed to this win.”
September 26, 2009; 6:36 PM ET
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