Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

September 11, 2012

MU brothers talk about their joint TD

HUNTINGTON — Standing side by side, smiling the entire time, the Frohnapfel twins fielded questions from several teams of reporters and broadcasters.

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel and his tight end brother Eric Frohnapfel probably could have talked all night about their first-ever touchdown connection at Marshall. Eventually, though, they had to eat, and their parents were waiting.

Lynn and Steven Frohnapfel probably didn’t mind the wait. Their fraternal twin sons gave them a memory worth waiting for.

Blake found Eric on a 29-yard touchdown pass with 6:27 remaining in the Thundering Herd’s 52-24 win over Western Carolina Saturday. The two hooked up several times as teammates at Colonia Forge High in Stafford, Va., but this was the first of what they hope is many at Marshall.

“I think we are both so blessed,” said Eric, who now has two TD catches in as many games for the 1-1 Herd. “To be on the same team and have the opportunity to be out there at the same time, and to have something like that work out for us.”

“It worked out for us more in high school, but to have it happen in college is something special for us. It was very special and I am glad I could share that with Blake. It’s something that is unforgettable.”

The post-touchdown celebration was a little more than Eric expected.

“In high school we had a little celebration where we would just calmly shake hands, so I was expecting to do that,” he said. “Then here comes Blake with a big bear hug. He just wraps me up, and I was a little taken aback. But there was a lot of emotion, obviously.”

“I was way too excited,” Blake said, still smiling.

Maybe that’s because Blake is just happy to be competing, period. He redshirted as a freshman last season, partly because fellow freshman Rakeem Cato ran away with the job, and also because Blake injured his throwing shoulder early in his first preseason camp.

“Last year I didn’t feel like I was a (complete) player,” Blake said. “I was just hanging out.

“Even though I’m not playing much (as Cato’s backup), it’s good to get out there, get sweaty and run around a little bit. It was fun.”

And to have his first career TD go to his brother means even more.

“If you throw a touchdown (period), you’re excited,” Blake said. “To have my first one be to him was a very special moment for both of us. I was running on the field probably faster than I ever have in my life, trying to catch him. It’s one of those things I will never forget.”

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True freshman Devon Johnson, a Richlands High graduate, was moved from linebacker to tight end, and provided some good blocking as a fullback.

Woodrow Wilson graduate Clint Van Horn saw action also. The 6-foot-5, 303-pound offensive lineman was at right guard for the Frohnapfels’ touchdown.

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