In Fort Pierce, it is simply called the 'Showdown' when Westwood faces Central. This past Friday, during Showdown 31, the two schools played a classic in front of over 10,000 on-lookers with Westwood earning a 22-21 victory. The hero of the victory was Westwood senior athlete Wonderful Terry.
Westwood starting quarterback, junior Travares Copeland got hurt early on and had to travel to the hospital. Westwood struggled with replacing him for the remainder of the first half. Then, during halftime, Terry approached his coaches.
"I went to the coaches and told them I wanted to play quarterback," Terry said. "They gave me the opportunity and my teammates were proud of me stepping up for them. My coach told me that was a great way to be a leader."
When Terry and his teammates returned to the field, he led them to a great second half rallying from a 13-0 deficit. The senior completed 7 of 10 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 48 yards. He finished the game with 275 all-purpose yards. The difference in the victory was a two-point conversion with 1:22 remaining where Terry scrambled and took to the air, getting hit hard, and somersaulting in the air to give his team the lead and eventual victory.
"It was a good experience stepping up for the team, coming out at the half and starting at quarterback," Terry said. "It felt great helping the team."
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete said his headline-worthy performance hasn't led to any new attention from schools at this point.
"I haven't heard from any new schools yet," Terry said. "I am consistently hearing from the University of Buffalo, Jacksonville State, Jacksonville University, and Youngstown State. All of them have offered me. They are all pretty consistent in staying in contact with me.
"I hope to hear from some new schools," Terry added. "I plan to just take it all in and see if I fit into the environment that a school offers. I will go from there."
With Westwood starting the playoffs on Friday, facing Archbishop McCarthy, Terry is putting his recruitment on the backburner for the immediate future.
"I haven't taken any visits yet," Terry said. "I am setting them up in December. I am waiting for my season to be over. I just want to take my visits and see what they have to offer."
Eventually when Terry does take his visits, he said he is looking at a number of factors in helping him make his college decision. One will be where he eventually lines up on the field for the team of his choice.
"I want to play wide receiver but it doesn't really matter," Terry said. "It depends on where I go because I can play wide receiver, defensive back, or maybe even something else. All of the schools are recruiting me as an athlete."
Terry said a decision likely won't come until after all of his visits.