Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 27, 2012

Polar Bears’ defense has 18 INTs, keying historic playoff run

FROST —   — Frost outside linebacker Danial Steels stopped a promising Chilton drive last Friday with a leaping interception late in the first half of the Polar Bears’ 16-12 playoff win.

A defense that gets turnovers, especially interceptions, has been one of the overwhelming themes of Frost’s historic season.

Frost has 18 interceptions to go with 12 fumbles recoveries. That’s 30 takeaways. And with the Polar Bears’ offense looking at just 14 turnovers in 12 games, that’s a plus-16 in turnover ratio.

Need any other explanation for Frost’s second deepest playoff venture in school history?

“If you see the ball in the air, you better go get it,” said Polar Bears safety Jake Stroder, who has a team-leading six interceptions.

Frost will try to match the 1989 team — which went four rounds deep in the playoffs — when the Polar Bears (11-1) face Mount Enterprise (9-3) in a Region III-1A DII Regional at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Teague Lion Stadium.

Frost turns around games with interceptions.

Look at Steels, who produced the only turnover in the Chilton game. Pirates quarterback Javarius Young launched a pass that Steels leaped up and snagged inside the Frost 10-yard line in the final minute of the first half. The underdog Bears ran out the clock and led 8-6 at halftime.

“We just play hard,” said Steels, who has five interceptions. “We do what we’re put in position to do.”

Frost’s schedule has included teams that throw it on average 17 times per game. So it’s given the Polar Bears an opportunity to makes plays on the ball, which they have.

“We finally have some athletes back there,” Frost coach Eric Blenden said. “A lot of people used to be able to throw it up and get it over the top of us. We’re able to go get them, and our defensive front gets pressure.”

Frost’s defense had an overall dominant game against Chilton. The Polar Bears allowed 184 yards, 136 of that to Young on the ground. But the speedy Chilton quarterback never broke off a long run for a score.

Frost came into the game allowing 236.5 yards per game. The Polar Bears allowed two touchdowns and gave up 50 yards less than their season average to one of the most dynamic offenses they’ve seen all season.

How did it happen? It started with Maliko Bruce, their nose guard who got penetration most of the night, and when he wasn’t, he was forcing Chilton to double team him.

That freed up linebackers Woody Woods and Andrew Jackson to make plays, not to mention Steels and just about everyone else on the Frost defense.

“It was a great defensive effort,” Blenden said.

Text Only
  • 4-115-14CHSBBMinniear.jpg CHS Baseball: Lindale haunts Tigers again with critical 4-0 win

    Lindale has been poison to Corsicana all year.
    The Eagles won a bizarre game in Lindale to keep the Tigers out of the football playoffs and ruined the boys basketball season with two gut-wrenching wins in the final week of the season.
    They did it again Tuesday, beating the Tigers 4-0 at Price Field to take over second place in the District 16-4A race.
    Lindale (6-2) had one big inning to hand Corsicana (5-3) its second loss in a row.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • I4-15-14Kellysigns.jpg GC Volleyball: Kerens' Kelly signs with Paris Junior College

    She prayed about it. She lost sleep about it. And she prayed about it some more.
    That's just a glimpse of what Marqueshia Kelly went through before deciding to turn down a half dozen basketball scholarships and accept a scholarship to play volleyball at Paris Junior College.
    The journey might have been a little sleepless, but in the end it wasn't that tough for Kelly, who is a multi-sport star at Kerens.
    “I followed my heart,'' she said on Tuesday just moments after signing a letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Paris in front of family, coaches and friends.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHS Tennis: Tigers play well in powerhouse region

    Corsicana's tennis team finished its season with a  strong showing in the Class 4A Regional Tournament at UT-Arlington before falling to some powerhouse players from Dallas.

    April 15, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Blooming Grove edges Mildred 1-0

    Blooming Grove kept its baseball playoff hopes alive, winning a pitcher’s duel, 1-0, in Mildred Tuesday night. Dalton Blake struck out 11 and scattered five hits in a well-pitched game that took an hour and a half to complete.

    April 15, 2014

  • Navarro Softball: Bulldogs sweep Bossier on Sophomore Day

         From a one-sided laugher to a hold-your-breath finish, Navarro’s softball team celebrated Sophomore Day on Saturday in front of its largest crowd of the season.
        The Bulldogs ripped Bossier 14-1 in a five-inning romp and then had to fight for their lives in the second game, finally winning 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh with a squeeze bunt that brought home Caitlin Moerbe, who ended the day with a dust-filled slide at the plate.

    April 12, 2014

  • GC Softball: Hubbard, Curtis shut out Axtell 3-0

       For Hubbard’s Olivia Curtis the magic number was 15 -- as in 15 wins and 15 strikeouts.
        But don’t stop counting now. There’s plenty left for Curtis and her Hubbard teammates who have made the most of their stretch run in the district race, and capped off a huge week with a 3-0 win over Axtell on Friday.

    April 11, 2014

  • GC Baseball/Softball: Roundup -- Kerens' Anderson pitches perfect game (ADDS Dawson baseball)

    Brett Anderson threw a five-inning perfect game Friday at home to lead Kerens over Neches 11-0 in a key district game that leaves the Bobcats in first place with a two-game lead.

    April 11, 2014

  • CHS Baseball: Tigers lose to Nacogdoches 4-1

    In a battle for first place in the District16-4A race, Nacogdoches and pitcher Brigham Hill stopped Corsicana’s Tigers 4-1 Friday to take over the lead in the district with a 6-1 record. The Tigers are now 5-2 and face Lindale, which is also 5-2, at Price Field on Tuesday night to try to gain ground in a tough district race.

    April 11, 2014

  • Kerens bb 4-10-14.jpg GC Baseball: Kerens closing in on first district title since 1977

    Step by step, inch by inch …
    That's how the Kerens baseball team got here, right here on the threshold of what could be the program's best season since 1977.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • GC Track & Field Roundup: Kerens girls win district

    The Kerens girls ran away with the District 18-1A track & field meet at Cayuga, scoring 134 points to beat Dawson (108), Cayuga (101), Cross Roads (93), Hubbard (91), LaPoyner (42) and Wortham (16).

    April 11, 2014