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Frohnapfel twins deliver for Eagles

Tight end-defensive end Eric Frohnapfel, above, caught a touchdown pass from his twin brother and returned an interception for a score.
Tight end-defensive end Eric Frohnapfel, above, caught a touchdown pass from his twin brother and returned an interception for a score. (Joel Richardson)
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By Preston Williams
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 9, 2010


As a four-year starter at Colonial Forge, senior tight end-defensive end Eric Frohnapfel knows what it's like to catch touchdown passes from his twin brother Blake, which he did in the first quarter Friday night in the No. 6 Eagles' 42-27 win at North Stafford.

But he gets an even greater thrill catching passes from opposing quarterbacks, and it was his 30-yard interception return in the third quarter, on a swing pass that Frohnapfel swallowed up, that helped turn a 14-14 game into a two-touchdown lead in less than two minutes.

"Getting to make a play on defense like that, it's an immediate turnaround, an immediate momentum shift," Eric Frohnapfel said.

"We get our hands up; all teams do," Colonial Forge Coach Bill Brown said. "He's 6-6, so when he gets his up, they're up. And he's a tight end, so catching the ball's not an issue for him."

It was not a particularly dominant night for the Eagles, who entered the game with a lopsided point differential and no real challenges to date. They gave up 275 rushing yards to the option-based Wolverines; fell behind for the first time all season; saw Blake Frohnapfel throw his first interception, near the goal line on the opening drive; and allowed a 13-yard fade pass for a score in the final minute to briefly make it a one-touchdown game. A few unsportsmanlike conduct penalties also irritated Brown, who midweek was concerned how the Eagles were practicing.

Senior Tim Scott, a North Carolina commit, returned an onside kick 49 yards for a score in the final minute to help the Eagles (6-0, 3-0 Commonwealth) stave off an upset bid. Blake Frohnapfel, a Marshall commit, had two short touchdown runs.

"Right now I believe we're talented enough to be very good," said Brown, who led Hylton to Virginia AAA titles in 1998 and '99. "Right now we're not disciplined enough to be really good. And that's a focus for me."

North Stafford (4-2, 2-1), which already was without its top two running backs, lost its third when junior Kevin Daniels, who had given the team an early lead on a 69-yard run in which he scored untouched, injured his ankle a short time later.

The Wolverines made some mistakes early, roughing the Colonial Forge punter to sustain an Eagles' scoring drive, and fumbling the ensuing kickoff, a ball Eagles senior kicker Taylor Via recovered at the Wolverines' 32-yard line. Five plays later, junior Trey Reed scored from three yards out to make it 14-7 on the second play of the second quarter.

The Wolverines then drove from their 29 to the Colonial Forge seven-yard line but got pushed back to the 15 and were unable to convert a 32-yard field goal.

"[Tonight] was our first time trailing, so that was a little wakeup call for us," Eric Frohnapfel, a West Virginia commit, said. "We just have to learn to be resilient and bounce back, and that's what we did tonight."

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