As she lay sprawled out on her back — toppled by an apparent cheap shot — Osbourn kicker Sam Frowen learned the extent of her teammates’ loyalty.
“One of the Gar-Field guys hit me, and my team started a big fight with the other team and all that,” Frowen said. “That gave me a lot of confidence in how my team was behind me.”
The Sept. 12 scuffle was a case of the Eagles protecting one of their more potent offensive weapons.
In both of Osbourn’s victories this season, Frowen has provided the game-winning points via field goals. Friday, the senior booted a 34-yarder with 45 seconds left as the Eagles (2-4) upset Forest Park 13-10.
Frowen has stuck with the same pre-kick routine since she joined the Eagles back in August. She counts three steps back and two to the left, then wiggles her fingers. Just before the snap, the four-sport athlete arches her back (it’s been nagging her ever since the Gar-Field game).
Osbourn Coach Sonny Hagy usually affords Frowen one piece of advice about approaching big kicks.
“Just keep your head down and hit the ball,” Hagy said. “The sound in the stands will let know whether it’s good or bad, whether it comes from the right or the left [side of the stadium].”
When the Eagles faced a fourth-and-four situation on the Bruins’ 17 yard-line, starting running back Trayvon Wallace naturally wanted his offense to stay on the field. As he jogged to the sidelines and Frowen and the field goal unit replaced him, a certain sense of helplessness set in.
“At first, I couldn’t look,” said Wallace, who’s known Frowen since the fifth grade. “I was nervous myself, but I could tell she wasn’t.”
With scoring at a premium, and both sides struggling to cap drives with touchdowns, Wallace started prepping his friend late in the fourth quarter for the possibility that her right foot would decide the outcome.
“I kept telling Sam, it might come down to you, so be ready,” he said.
After nailing the kick, Frowen had one more hurdle to clear – escaping the celebration in time to fetch her tee from the sidelines and prevent a delay of game penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
“Everyone was coming at me,” Frowen said of the post-kick scrum. “I didn’t know who was coming at me. I didn’t know if I was going to fall down in a dog-pile.”
Wallace admits that when Frowen first let slip the idea of her joining the team, he didn’t take the notion too seriously. Even a contingent among the Eagles coaching staff needed some coaxing to warm up to the idea of a female place kicker.
“Some of the coaches were hesitant,” Frowen said. “They didn’t want me to go. So we had them come out and watch me kick, and they were like ‘okay, we’re fine with it now.’ ”
Frowen is one of three female placekickers in the Cardinal District, along with Woodbridge’s Rachel Biegun and Potomac junior Ashley Vaisa.
Hylton (5-1) escaped Battlefield (3-3) in dramatic fashion when senior quarterback Travon McMillian found Terrin Allen in the end zone for a 36-yard touchdown pass as time expired. The Bulldogs won 29-24.
“That’s the play I've dreamt about ever since I was a little kid,” Allen said. . . .