History class was never this much fun.
Not even the good parts.
Nope, the Frost Polar Bears wrote their own chapter in history Thursday night, beating Overton 42-27 in the opening round of the Class 1A state playoffs at Palestine’s Wildcat Stadium to become the first football team from Frost to win playoff games in back-to-back seasons.
Coach Eric Blenden and his kids talked all week about making history and what it would mean to the team and the program.
And then they did it.
They won with a tough, grind-it-out offense and the no-nonsense running of Woody Woods and Robert Worley, who ran head first into history and a classic rematch.
Everyone remembers Frost’s inspirational run through the playoffs last year that ended in the state quarterfinals against Tenaha when Frost fumbled the ball just two yards short of the goal line at the gun to lose in heartbreaking fashion.
Guess who the Polar Bears get next week in the area round of the playoffs?
Yup, Tenaha. That’s 8-1 Tenaha that’s ranked in the top three in most state polls.
Frost (which is a lot better than its 6-5 record) kept the date with Woods and Worley combining to rush for 377 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Zach Terry didn’t have to throw much, but oh did he look good when he did put the ball in the air. Just look at the final seconds of the first half.
Frost built a 22-0 lead on a Woods’ 2-yard TD run, a 23-touchdown run by Worley, and Woods added an 8-yard TD run with 9:37 left in the half. But Overton, which used its big, powerful tailback Jamal Kelly to do most of the damage all night, finally scored on a fourth-down play just before halftime. The Mustangs (3-7) drove to the Frost 2 and on fourth-and-1 Julian Herndon, who was making his first carry of the night, powered in for a touchdown with 31 seconds left and Michael Phillips kicked the extra point to make it a 22-7 game.
Woods grabbed a low kick and returned it 30 yards to the 50, and Frost took over with no time outs and little chance of scoring. That’s when Terry put on his Superman cape (or maybe it was a Peyton Manning jersey). Whatever the metaphor, Terry was terrific. He hit Woods with a 29-yard screen pass to the 21, then stopped the clock with a spike. With 11 seconds left, Terry found Alex Cruz on the right side for a 15-yard pass that Cruz caught before weaving his way into the end zone with four seconds left in the half. Just-like-that, Frost had scored again and went to the break leading 28-7.
But the Polar Bears lived on the run most of the night with a whirlwind -- make that a Worley-Wood-wind attack. Or just call them the W’s. If one W doesn’t get you, the other one will.
Woods finished the game with 222 yards on 25 carries and three TDs, and Worley, who broke four tackles on his 23-yard run to give the Bears a 14-0 lead with 1:57 left in the first quarter, finished with 155 yards on 24 carries and his one highlight tape TD run. He also intercepted a pass.
WW.Frostwillrunandrunhard was the bread and butter to an offense that saw its linemen out-work Overton up and down the field.
It did get tense in the second half.
Kelly, who finished with 222 yards on 23 carries ignited a TD drive for the Mustangs when he went 75 yards to highlight a 96-yard drive that started after Overton held Frost on downs at the 4. Kelly finished the drive with a 5-yard run to close to 28-14 with 4:58 left in the third, and Overton, which held Frost on downs at the 13, scored again to open the fourth on a 26-yard TD pass from Brayton Pierce to Daniel Gomez to cut the lead to 28-20 with 11:24 left in the game --- and Terry’s last second heroics before the half looked mighty big.
But the WW’s went back to work and after a scramble for the ball on an onside kick that Frost won, the Polar Bears marched 51 yards in three plays. Woods had a 34-yard romp to the 14 and then scored on another tough-running effort for his third TD of the night and with Worley’s 2-point run, the W’s lifted Frost to a 36-20 lead with 10:30 left and took back the momentum.
They kept it, and after picking up a fumble, the Bears drove 55 yards and scored on Chris Belcher’s 1-yard run to make it a 42-20 game with 4:37 left.
The Tenaha coaches who were watching the game knew who their next opponent was at that point, and Frost sailed into history with a landmark win …
History class has never been this much fun ...
History class was never this much fun.
GC Softball: Playoff Time
There were some bumps on the road and slides in the standings and a few bruises along the way, but five Golden Circle teams have reached the softball playoffs that begin with first round games on Thursday.
For Corsicana it was a wakeup call during the second half of district play that gave the Tigers the push they needed, and for Mildred it was the culmination of yet another splendid season as the Lady Eagles made the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Blooming Grove is back again, a regular in post season play with a chance to make a run, and Hubbard begins its quest to get to the state tournament and Austin with a one-game playoff on Thursday against Itasca in Italy.
Navarro Softball: Bulldogs split with Kilgore, win final home game
Kristen Ahearn was mad, steaming.
Even her peanut butter and jelly sandwich that she ate between the doubleheader games didn't taste good. Nothing fit. Nothing was in sync. Nothing felt right or even tasted right.
Then Ahearn found the cure.
Simple enough: Just go out and blast a three-run homer.
That's the short version of what happened Tuesday at Navarro College, where Ahearn's three-run bomb ignited the Bulldogs in the second game against Kilgore and Navarro went on to win 8-5 to close out its regular season with a bang and a smile from Ahearn.
GC Baseball: Kerens beats Cayuga 5-1, wins first district title since 1981
The wait is over.
And it came just in time for Brett Anderson, who left it all on the mound Tuesday night at Kerens, where he pitched a masterpiece to lead the Bobcats over Cayuga, 5-1, and help the program win its first baseball district title since 1981.
“I've got no gas left. I'm out,'' said Anderson, a senior lefty who stopped Cayuga cold, holding the three-time defending district champs to just three singles while striking out 14.
GC Basebal Roundup: Corsicana blasts Jacksonville; BG wins huge district game
The Corsicana Tigers wrapped up district play with a dominating 9-0 win over the Jacksonville Indians behind Trevor Nolen, who shut out the Indians and allowed only one hit over 6 1/3 innings. Donovan Fields came on to retire the final two hitters. The Tiger pitchers limited the Indians to only 25 plate appearances in the game and no runner to reach third base.
Rodeo: Navarro County Derrick Days -- Burton is back
Professional rodeo entertainer Ronald Burton returns to the Navarro County Exposition Center April 25-26 to entertain the crowd at the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo.
Huggins to call shots at Derrick Days Rodeo
West Huggins will serve as the announcer for the 2014 Navarro County Derrick Days Pro rodeo. The Gardendale native is the reigning three-time United Professional Rodeo Association Announcer of the Year.
Dill gets 300th win in Navarro baseball sweep of Bossier Parish
Navarro baseball’s weekend in Louisiana was significant on a number of fronts. On one hand, coach Whoa Dill notched his 300th win. On the other, and perhaps more importantly, the Bulldogs simply continued to play well. The Bulldogs swept Bossier Parish to move 14-11 in Region XIV East Zone play, and 27-17 overall.
Mildred sending five to regional track meet
Sasha Ballard set a school record in the 800 meters and paced a contingent of five Mildred thinclads heading to Stephenville for the regionals later this week.
Kerens boys grab four gold medals at area track meet
Tavion Hall and Jalon Moss each snared a pair of gold medals as Kerens boys finished second at their area track meet last week with 88 points.
Area schedule for the week
Here's a look at this week's schedule for Golden Ciircle teams and Navarro College. The schedule does not include upcoming bi-district playoff games in softball because times and sites have yet to be determined.
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