By Mike Phillips
Corsicana Daily Sun
For the Frost Polar Bears it’s not just a playoff game, not just the beginning of what they hope will be strong run in the postseason.
It’s more than that. It’s history.
“We’ve talked a lot about it,’’ said Frost Coach Eric Blenden, who knows his team has a chance to become the first football team in the history of Frost to win playoff games in back to back years when the Polar Bears meet Overton in Palestine at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Region III-1A DII bi-district playoff game.
“You don’t get a chance to do something like that very often in Texas, especially at a school that’s been around as long as Frost. It would mean a lot.’’
Frost (5-5) made a dramatic run in the playoffs a year ago, and Blenden knows that should help this time around because experience in the playoffs is invaluable.
“I sure hope it helps,’’ Blenden said. “Last year when we got to the playoffs and we played Detroit in the first game, we were a little timid in the first half and then came back and won the game. We have a kids who played on that team who are back and we had kids who were on the bench but got to experience the playoffs last year. We’ve played a lot of football over the last two years and I hope it helps.’’
Frost had to overcome injuries this season, including losing Kobe Hailey, the team’s most explosive weapon, but Blenden has built a solid program and seniors such as Robert Worley, Woody Woods and Colton Clayton have led the Bears back to the playoffs, where they meet an Overton team that is much better than its 3-6 record.
“They’re a lot better than the record shows,’’ Blenden said. “They played a very good schedule and lost to some good teams. They’re big and athletic and have a very good running back. He’s (Jamal Kelly) a big back, about 6-2, 220 and we’ve got to do a good job against him.
“We’re excited bout being back in the playoffs, and we know we’ve got a chance to make history.’’
Region III-1A DII
Frost vs. Overton
7:30 p.m. Thursday
RECORDS: Frost is 5-5. Overton is 3-6.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Frost: RB Robert Worley, RB Alex Cruz, TE/DE Colton Clayton, RB Woody Woods. Overton: RB/LB Jamal Kelly, WR Damion Dennis, QB Brayton Price, RB Eric Hatton.
UPDATE: Both teams have deceiving records ... Frost is 5-5 but with a few breaks could be 8-2 or 9-1 ... and Overton played a difficult non-district schedule, but went 3-1 in the district race to finish second and is the higher seed in this game despite having a losing record ... the Mustangs are led by Kelly, a big physical back who runs behind a big OL ... Overton brought back 18 starters form last year’s playoff team ... Frost has been led by Worley (885 yards on 133 carries and 10 TDs) and Woods (684 yards and 7 TDs) and has seen the emergence of Cruz 212 yards on 38 carries) down the stretch ... and QB Zach terry has improved all year ... the Polar Bears had a bye week to get ready for the playoffs.
— Mike Phillips