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August 2, 2013

The Heat is on: Two-a-days begin Monday, offer fresh new start for area teams

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Corsicana — Frost

They won’t start after midnight at Frost, but after having a season no one will ever forget, the Polar Bears will go back to evening workouts in August — just like they did a year ago.

They have two-days, but wait until 6 p.m. to take the field. The kids loved the idea last year, and it set the tone for Frost’s deep run in the playoffs and 12-win season.

“You better believe we’re starting at 6 o’clock in the evening again,’’ Frost coach Eric Blenden. “We have a couple of kids who work to help feed their families and I don’t make them choose between that and football. And the kids liked the (evening) practices last year.’’

Frost has to replace Daniel Steels, the Daily Sun’s Community National Bank & Trust of Texas male Athlete of the Year, Jacob Stroder and a ton of talented seniors. Steels, the Golden Circle Mike Montfort Offensive MVP, rushed for 1,878 yards and 29 TDs and Stroder, who was the Golden Circle Dick Gibbs co-Leadership Award winner, passed for 817 yards and had eight interceptions on defense.

“Last year we had to replace one person,’’ Blenden said. “This year we’ve got to replace the running back spot, the quarterback spot and one lineman spot. There’s not going to be a Daniel Steels or a Jason Stroder. It’s finding the kids to put in there. That’s when you know you have a good program,’’

Frost brings back 19 lettermen, including seven starters on each side of the ball, and this senior class could be the best in Frost history.

Robert Worley, who gained more than 1,200 yards and Woody Woods, who gained 750, will be the bread-and-butter backs, and Zach Terry should take over at quarterback.

The Frost kids know he expectations will be higher than ever after last year.

“We know there won’t be any sneaking up on anybody,’’ Blenden said. “There’s a difference when you are a 5-5 team (from the year before) and a 12-2 team.’’

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