Behind the Spotlight: Hogan brings aggressiveness to CA line
Published 12:01 am Monday, October 1, 2012
CENTREVILLE — While skill players like Colby Shaw, Colton Terrell and Casey Haygood were running all over the field Friday night in Centreville Academy’s win over Adams County Christian School, lineman Frasier Hogan was providing the muscle that the Tigers needed to dominate the game.
“Frasier brings aggressiveness,” Centreville head coach Bill Hurst said.
“He knows the game of football, and he brings that to the team. He’s not afraid of hitting people. He has come in here an given us some fire.”
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Hogan, who played at Trinity Episcopal Day School last season, is a fixture on both the offensive and defensive lines for the Tigers this season.
Hurst said Hogan had a great night blocking on the offensive line and leading the defense Friday in the Tigers’ 35-3 victory.
Hogan managed to open up holes and give Haygood, the Tigers’ quarterback, plenty of time to make big plays. Centreville scored five touchdowns of at least 30 yards.
“I feel like we’ve improved a lot,” Hogan said. “We got a lot of big plays and played physical.”
Hogan said he occasionally finds it hard to bring his maximum amount of intensity to each play when he plays both sides of the football, but the coaching staff has done their best to have him and the other Tigers in top shape.
“It’s difficult sometimes (to play both ways),” he said. “But with the conditioning that coach Hurst gives us it’s easier.”
Hogan said he was happy with the win over ACCS, but the Tigers are not satisfied with their 7-0 start.
“It was a big win, but we have to be ready to improve as a team and move on as a team,” he said.
Vidalia High School
VIDALIA — Vidalia high school head coach Gary Parnham Jr. said there was more to Torrey Smith’s game than the two safeties he recorded in Friday night’s win against Baker High School.
After all, Smith tallied the go-ahead safety for Vidalia and got an assist on the team’s other safety that eventually made the score 10-7. But lost in the excitement of his two big defensive plays, Parnham said Smith’s offense helped provide a spark.
Smith was actually the leading rusher for 54 yards on 13 carries, and Parnham said his running style would be a big aid to the team going forward.
“Torrey is pretty much a tailback type,” Parnham said. “The last few games, he’s been doing a good job of finding holes and making cuts.”
Considering his lack of playing time early on, Parnham said he’s glad Smith is rounding into form.
“He missed the first two games with a knee injury, so this is only his third game played for us this year,” Parnham said of the sophomore.
“He started for us as a freshman at tailback, and six games in he tore his knee up, so he really hasn’t played a full season for us. He’s going to be a for-real tailback once we can get him in there and keep him in there.”
Parnham also said former Viking head coach Dee Faircloth would have loved to have Smith as a player.
“He’s what Coach Faircloth would call a home run hitter,” Parnham said.