MAlAKOFF --- Frost waited an extra 30 minutes beyond their 7:30 scheduled start to charge out of their tunnel and kickoff the 2017 season. It was worth the wait. The Polar Bears (1-0) dominance on special teams with time consuming offensive drives propelled them to a 42-18 victory over the Cross Roads Bobcats (0-1).
On the fourth play from scrimmage, Bears running back Preston Lane cut up the middle behind a wedge opened by offensive linemen Colton Ward, Waylon Watson, and Alex Cabrerra for a 21-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.
While Lane had three carries for 54 yards, Ramon Manrriquez led the Frost ground attack with 83 yards on 13 carries. On the night, the Bears chewed up 179 yards rushing. Yet the Bears attack was nearly balanced as QB Antoni Alvarado completed 9 of 13 passes for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Alavarado hit three different receivers for touchdowns: Lane 29-yards, Manrriquez 8-yards, and Devon Gruben hauled in a 25-yarder.
The game was delayed because officials did not show up. Eventually, recruited volunteers from the Frost and Cross Roads stands officiated. Though some roamed the sideline in cowboy boots, the make-shift crew’s efforts gained praises from many in the crowd.
Cross Roads also scored on their its offensive possession. Bobcats QB Jordan Trammell hit Ethan Adams on a 39-yard fly pattern along the right sideline. Adams was the deep threat in a twin receiver set. The Bobcats extra-point failed, 7-6, and they never regained momentum.
“Ramon Manrriquez’s kicking and our coverage units did an exceptional job on special teams. Special teams are a third of the game, and we take special teams very seriously,” Bears’ coach Coy Barker noted after the game. Two of the three Bears’ fumble recoveries came on kickoffs.
In all, the Bears recovered three Bobcats fumbles in the second quarter. Brandon Folmar recovered two of them and Samuel Munoz recovered the other. Each recovery set up a Frost scoring drive.
Once Frost built a 28-6 halftime lead, their defense kept Cross Roads in-check through the second half. Colton Ward, elected Junior class president earlier in the day, led the way with 6 tackles, a pass break-up, and two tackles for loss including a jarring sack of the Bobcats QB. Preston Lane and Brandon Folmar also had 6 tackles apiece.
Frost 42, Cross Roads 18
Frost 7 21 7 7 -- 42
Cross Roads 6 0 12 0 -- 18
First Downs 15 14
Rush-Yards 32-179 19-71
Pass Yards 147 153
C-A-I 9-13-0 6-11-0
Fumble-Lost 1-0 3-3
Punts-Avg. 2-23 1-27
Penalties-Yards 5-55 5-35
F – Preston Lane 21 run (Ramon Manrriquez kick), 9:23
CR – Ethan Adams 39 pass from Jordan Trammell (kick failed), 5:39
F – Manrriquez 8 pass from Antoni Alvarado (Manrriquez kick), 4:30
F – Gruben 25 pass from Alvarado (kick failed), 1:37
F – Alvarado 2 run (Alvarado run), 0:12
F – Lane 29 pass from Alvarado (Manrriquez kick), 8:36
CR – Brandon Wilson 8 run (run failed), 5:46
CR – Adams 31 pass from Michael Alvarado (kick failed), 2:13
F – Alvarado 6 run (Manrriquez kick), 8:50
Rushing: Frost: Manrriquez 13-83, Alvarado 12-25, Folmar 4-17, Lane 3-54. Cross Roads: Jesus Waldo 10-39, Wilson 3-28, Alvarado 3-10, Trammell 3 (-6).
Passing: Frost: Alvarado 9-13-0-147. Cross Roads: Trammell 1-3-0-39, Alvarado 5-8-0-114.
Receiving: Frost: Lane 3-47, Manrriquez 3-39, Gruben 2-58, Anderson 1-3. Cross Roads: Adams 2-70, Dalton Cook 2-70, Trenton Dosser 1-11, Trammell 1-2.