FHS grads help East defense in all-star victory
Published 8:04 am Wednesday, July 15, 2009
HAMPTON—Although the most points in the history of the Virginia High School Coaches Association East-West football All-Star game were scored Friday night, the defense of the East team is what finally won the game.
Donzell Shearin and Daquan Frazier, both recent Franklin High School graduates, played defense for the East, and Franklin head coach Darren Parker was a defensive coach in the East’s 38-31 victory at Darling Stadium.
The teams combined for 69 points and 805 yards of offense. The East trailed in the fourth quarter.
The team tied the game, then an interception and 23-yard touchdown run by Hanover High School’s Kenny Fryman sealed the win for the East.
Shearin started the game at safety and played on the punt team. Most of the West’s offensive plays were run to the opposite side of the field away from Shearin.
Frazier did not start but saw significant playing time starting in the second half.
Frazier had good pursuit of the quarterback several times.
Parker was a defensive coach for the East squad.
Although it appeared both teams were able to score at will for most of the game, the East defense finally made some key stops in the fourth quarter.
“We just had to settle down. This is an all-star game. They have all-stars and we have all-stars, and games come down to defense,” Parker said.
“We put up the points and the defense had to come up with a big stop and we did it.”
The two all-star teams practiced six times during the week, getting to know each other, the coaches and the plays.
The two Franklin players said they enjoyed playing with and against top quality players.
“They are the best players in Virginia and you’ve got to give it your best when you’re going against them, and that’s what I tried to do,” Frazier said. “It felt great, going to college now after getting this workout in.”
“It’s fun playing with these players from around Virginia. We joined as one big family for a week. That’s what made it fun, everybody clicked together,” Shearin said.
Both players are continuing their football careers at college.
Shearin reports to the University of Virginia-Wise on Aug. 2.
Frazier reports to St. Paul’s College the beginning of August.
Shearin, who also played quarterback for Franklin’s 2008 state championship team, was an All-Region and All-State defensive back in 2007 and 2008 and was the Region A Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008.
Frazier was first team All-District offensive lineman in 2007 and first team all-district, all-region and all-state offensive lineman in 2008.