Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 22, 2012

HS Football Playoffs: Frost’s offensive line has continuity, experience

FROST — — FROST — First-year coach Eric Blenden had a good feeling about this year’s Frost Polar Bears and their chances to end a 11-year playoff drought.

He liked his starting backfield. He liked his quarterback. He liked the potential of his defense.

But he couldn’t stop talking about his offensive line.

Eleven games later, he still can’t. Frost has talented skill guys from quarterback Jacob Stroder to backfield mates Danial Steels, Robert Worley and Woody Woods.

But it’s the offensive line that, not surprisingly, has done all the dirty work for the Polar Bears (10-1), who will play Chilton (5-5) in a Region III-1A DII area round playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday at Groesbeck Goat Stadium.

“It’s just a good group,” Blenden said. “They work hard.”

 Frost won its first playoff game since 1989 last Friday, whipping up on Detroit 28-14. The Polar Bears rushed for 310 yards in the win, just below their season average of 316 yards per game.

Not surprisingly, the running game starts up front.

The Polar Bears’ offensive line is an experienced group with four starters about to complete their second full season, two of them their third season.

They don’t rely on their size — they go from 230 pounds at the top of the scale to 160 at the lower end.

“They make up for it by working off their tails,” Blenden said.

Center Andrew Jackson and strong guard Colton McGill are the three-year starters. Jackson, a senior, is the leader of the line and makes all the calls. McGill, a junior, has been a starter since his freshman season.

The other guard, junior Edgar Anaya and the quick tackle, senior Raymundo Hernandez, are two-year starters. Strong tackle Joshua Frazier, a senior, is the lone first-year starter and the only one of the group who also doesn’t play defense.

Like most offensive lines, the Polar Bears swear by their continuity.

“We’ve been together for so long that we’re used to playing together,” Frazier said. “We know our spots.”

And they can communicate well together, Jackson said. All of them except for McGill, who moved to Frost right before high school, have played together since the sixth grade.

“We grew up together,” Jackson said. “We talk in code words.”

And when McGill arrived, he was welcomed too.

“We’re like a family,” McGill said.

They’ve been motivated to turn the program around together. They say they don’t know much about history — about 2007 when the Polar Bears couldn’t finish the season, or 2008 when Frost went 0-10.

Jackson, Hernandez and Frazier know that the program started turning around under Clark Moore when the Bears went 5-5. And it has steadily progressed to the point where Frost was picked in the preseason to make the playoffs.

The fact that Frost backed it up sent a message to everyone, even though the Bears didn’t hear that on the field.

“We didn’t have the respect that we should have,” Anaya said. “We played and we proved ourselves. We came out confident and worked hard ever day.”

The reward — the first playoff win in Frost in 23 years.

There was quite a celebration. Sophomore Tristan Perry’s grandmother always bakes the players cookies, so they went down really well last Friday night in Bullard.

“It was a crazy celebration,” Hernandez said.

No one deserved it more than the Polar Bears.


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