The game didn’t end up the way Tulsa (Okla.) Victory Christian athlete Jon-Michael Terry was hoping for in a 22-20 loss to Hilldale, but he showed enough to show why Oklahoma fans should be excited about his arrival in Norman next year.
Terry was a beast of a pass rusher last year with 103 tackles and 20 sacks, but his position has changed in his senior season. He rarely got a chance to be that natural pass rusher, but he did show he could more than hold his own as an inside linebacker.
He made his presence known on the first drive of the game, forcing a fumble down the field as Terry finished with an unofficial tally of 11 tackles and the forced fumble.
But the big thing with Terry this season has been his offensive production. Shut down in the first half, Terry came alive in the second half with three catches for 66 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.
If he wasn’t catching the ball, he was causing issues as Hilldale had multiple defensive penalties trying to cover Terry down field.
It will be very interesting to see what Terry can do as a Sooner because, although it’s not uncommon as his level of football, Terry did indeed play every offensive and defensive snap.
It was clear that in the beginning of the game and beginning of the third quarter was when Terry was most effective because he was fresh.
However, when it mattered most, he brought it the most, too. Victory Christian trailed 22-0 entering the fourth quarter. Terry’s touchdown made it 22-14, and Terry was pivotal in forcing a stop on fourth-and-two in the final minutes so Victory Christian could have a shot at completing the comeback.
A tight end and inside linebacker for the Conquerors, Terry right now is slated to be an outside linebacker and is one of three OU linebacker commits for the 2016 class.