Connor Frazier continues family tradition as Damascus quarterback

Gregg Frazier, an assistant coach with the Damascus High School football program, talks about what it's like to coach his younger brothers. Connor Frazier, Damascus quarterback, talks about what it means to be on the team.
By Alan Goldenbach
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 18, 2010; 12:21 AM

When he was starting the third grade, Gregg Frazier heard each of his friends tell him they were joining the Damascus Cougars youth football team. Frazier, then 8 years old, didn't have an overwhelming interest in football, but he didn't want to be left out. So he asked his parents to sign him up.

"That's just what you do when you're in Damascus, you play football," Frazier said. "My parents weren't crazy into football or anything like that.

"I didn't know it would turn into this."

Nearly 20 years later, the Frazier family has put three boys through Damascus High School in northern Montgomery County - Gregg (Class of 2003), Kyle (2008) and Connor (2011) - and provided the Hornets, one of the region's top football programs, with their starting quarterback for the past six seasons. Damascus has advanced to a state-record 13 consecutive postseasons, winning three state championships in that stretch, and has a strong chance to add another this season.

In his third season as Damascus's starting quarterback, Connor Frazier has led the second-ranked Hornets to an 11-0 mark heading into the 3A West region final against No. 15 Quince Orchard on Friday. Damascus posted its first undefeated regular season since 2005, when Kyle Frazier, then a sophomore, led the Hornets to the 4A championship. He would quarterback them to the 3A championship in 2007, when Connor was a freshman reserve.

Standing beside them throughout their varsity careers has been Gregg, 25, who is in his sixth season as a Hornets assistant coach.

"Football is definitely something that's a big part of this family," said Kyle, who's now starting at quarterback at Monmouth University as a junior. "Football was something we all fell in love with."

'Football all the time'

Their parents, Paul and Judy, met at Magruder High School; Paul graduated in 1977, a year before Judy. With a slender 6-foot-5 frame, Paul wasn't cut out for football; basketball, instead, was his sport.

Both Paul and Judy, though, enjoyed watching football, which made it easy when all three boys gravitated to the gridiron.

"That's what happens at my house," Judy said. "It's Connor on Friday nights. It's Kyle on Saturdays. It's football all the time."

By the time Connor was 3, Judy recalled, "he wanted me to get him a football outfit because he saw his older brothers doing it."

Said Connor, "Everything I remember, I've always had a football in my hands."

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