Wednesday, December 7, 2011
West Covina's top two seeing double
By Blair Angulo
Chris Solomon and Jimmy Frazier see the finish line and the West Covina running backs plan to sprint through it.
Their 2010 CIF championship rings need some company, after all.
"Our whole team is giving its all to try to get this ring," said Solomon, who rushed for 290 yards and five touchdowns in only 11 carries against La Mirada last week.
Top-seeded West Covina (12-1), a win away from repeating as Southeast Division champion, faces La Serna at California High on Friday. Solomon -- a senior with offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado and Nevada -- and Frazier figure to be at the center of it. They have combined for 2,419 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns.
"Jimmy Frazier is a starting running back at most schools," Bulldogs coach Mike Maggiore said. "He's talented and works hard, averaging over 13 yards per carry. But no matter who is carrying the ball, our offensive line is blocking and opening holes."
The scary thing for underdog La Serna (10-3) is that Solomon has fully recovered from a sprained ankle that limited him during the season. The scarier thing? Frazier might be the bigger threat.
"When my boy Chris went down, I felt like it was my job to step up and take charge," Frazier said.
The Bulldogs don't mask their identity -- they thrive on the ground (332 rushing yards per game) and wear down opposing defenses. Making it all the more impressive is the fact that they lost four starters from last year's offensive line.
"The new kids stepped up and competed at a high level," Maggiore said. "This is great for the school and the community. The kids have worked tremendously hard, have earned the chance to come back and defend our championship. This is special."
Blair Angulo covers preps for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Follow him on Twitter.