Mart – The Frost Polar Bears kicked off their football season with a dominating 56-19 victory over the Cross Roads Bobcats Thursday evening. The game had been scheduled for Friday at Rock Tower Stadium in Cross Roads, but due to field conditions was moved to Mart. Kobe Hailey and Brandon Folmar each ran for 159 yards and combined for seven touchdowns, including a 102-yard interception return by Hailey. Meanwhile, the Bears defense established its dominance early in the game.
The Bears took the lead on their first possession when Folmar, whose running-style resembled Washington Redskins' great John Riggins, took spread formation handoffs from Hailey, churning up yards and breaking tackles for a five-yard gain and then busting off from behind his left-side linemen for a 45-yard touchdown run.
While the Bears second possession stalled, Hailey pinned a 35-yard punt inside the Bobcats 5-yard line. Tall defensive linemen Caleb Curl (6-2) and Austin Stamper (6-4) led rushes that pressured Cross Roads QB Taylor McKenzie into three straight incomplete passes. On fourth down, the Bears crashed into the Bobcats line while punter Jason Hernandez bobbled a low snap. That allowed Bears’ Kurt Redmon to wrap-up Hernandez as he regained control of the ball. One play later, Hailey scored his first of five touchdowns.
Defensive pressure on the Bobcats passing game continued to pay off for the Bears in the second quarter and became the deciding factor in the game. After his 89-yard touchdown on an out-of-pocket scramble was called back due to a holding penalty, McKenzie led the Bobcats on an eight-play, 84-yard drive. Looking for a receiver in the end zone, McKenzie was picked off by Hailey. Hailey, a safety, picked up blocks from his linebackers and then found a seam along the left sideline for a 102-yard return touchdown. Four plays and fifty seconds later, Frost linebacker Colton Ward followed with another pick-six on an 11-yard interception return that bolstered the Frost lead to 28-0.
Offensively, Hailey and Bears continued to dominate the game after halftime. Hailey started the Bears’ second-half scoring en route to the victory with a 63-yard run. On third and 11 at the Frost 37-yard line, Hailey took the snap running left, picked up gritty block from WR Brendon Ward, and sprinted down the sideline. On the night Hailey had touchdown runs of 4, 63, 16, and 36 yards.
Cross Roads 0 13 6 0 — 19
Frost 14 22 14 6 — 56
First Downs 12 15
Rush-Yards 2 5-11 32-360
Passing Yards 261 45
C-A-I 21-41- 3 2-11-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-65 11-105
F – Brandon Folmar 45 run (run failed), 10:50
F – Kobe Hailey 4 run (Kurt Redmon run), 6:05
F - Hailey 102 Interception Return (Leonel Hernandez run), 8:55
F – Colton Ward 11 Interception Return (pass failed), 8:05
CR – Tyler Johnson 2 run (Jason Hernandez kick), 4:20
F – Folmar 59 run (Hernandez run), 4:05
CR – Jordan Hooton 40 pass from Taylor McKenzie (kick failed), 1:09
F – Hailey 63 run (Hernandez run), 8:38
F – Hailey 16 run (kick failed), 5:00
CR – McKenzie 4 run (pass failed), 0:34
F – Hailey 36 run (kick failed), 8:35
Rushing: Cross Roads: Chris Aaron 5-16, Johnson 3-2, McKenzie 14-1, Hernandez 2- (-7), Ethan Adams 1-(-1). Frost: Folmar 7-159, Hailey 13-159, Hernandez 6-51, Preston Lane 1-3, Antoni Alvarado 5-(-12).
Passing: Cross Roads: McKenzie 21-41-3. Frost: Hailey 2-10-45-0, Alvarado 0-1-0-0.
Receiving: Cross Roads: Ian Pearson 4-26, Johnson 5-58, Hooton 1-40, Ethan Adams 1-9. Frost: Collin Drain 1-23, Brendon Ward 1-22.