Ath­lete of the Week: East­side's Da­mario Ter­rell

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

It was a big game for East­side's Da­mario Ter­rell against county-ri­val New­ton High School last Fri­day, as the Ea­gles se­nior shone under the bright lights of Sharp Sta­dium in his sea­son de­but.

Ter­rell threw for 239 yards on 15 of 28 pass­ing, con­nect­ing with his re­ceivers for a pair of touch­downs in the win.

Af­ter lead­ing 19-0 to open the game, Ter­rell and the Ea­gles trailed 2827 with less than 2:30 in the con­test. Down by a sin­gle point, Ter­rell led the Ea­gles on a fi­nalminute scor­ing drive, con­nect­ing with wide­out An­thony Hen­der­son for a game-clinch­ing 45-yard touch­down pass.

The win gave East­side its sec­ond vic­tory over the New­ton pro­gram in as many years.

"I thought Da­mario had a great start," East­side coach Rick Hurst said. "The team sort of hit a wall and things weren't go­ing well, but the thing that is im­pres­sive is how he re­sponded.

"His big play to Hen­der­son was a great throw," he said. "He gave us a chance. I was re­ally proud of him. He's been a tough com­peti­tor and has worked re­ally hard."

Ter­rell said it felt great beat­ing the Rams, es­pe­cially in the open­ing game of the sea­son.

"It felt very good to win the game," Ter­rell said. "It's a big cross-town ri­valry. A lot of peo­ple ex­pect good things from the game and that's what we tried to give them."

Ter­rell said he spent a lot of time this off­sea­son pre­par­ing for the year, fo­cus­ing on his rap­port with his team­mates.

"This year I've worked harder than I have my past three years," he said. "I've worked on my com­mu­ni­ca­tion with my coaches and my line­men, and it is pay­ing off."

The East­side quar­ter­back be­lieves the team is still hun­gry for wins, even af­ter edg­ing the Rams in the ri­valry con­test.

"We have to con­tinue to play hard each and ev­ery snap," Ter­rell said.

Ter­rell and the Ea­gles re­turn to the grid­iron this Fri­day when they travel to Jack­son to face the Jack­son Red Devils.

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