Brothers get their chances
HUNTINGTON — In one series, Marshall quarterback Eric Frohnapfel and his twin brother, tight end Eric Frohnapfel, put on quite a show.
The Thundering Herd held a 45-17 lead over Western Carolina early in the fourth quarter Saturday night at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Time for coach Doc Holliday to let the reserves shine and that the Frohnapfels did.
With the Herd still in the spread set, Blake Frohnapfel made the right decision on a ride-and-read, kept the ball, found running room over left tackle and picked up 9 yards. What had the fans excited was he ran over Western Carolina defensive back Ace Clark before finally being brought down.
Later, the backup quarterback hooked up with his brother on a 29-yard TD pass on a third-and-10. Eric Frohnapfel hauled in the pass, broke a tackle at the 5-yard line and dashed into the end zone to complete an 11-play, 71-yard march good for a 52-17 lead.
Marshall went on to win, 52-24, against its former Southern Conferene foe.
In the post-game chat with the media, the Frohnapfels spent plenty of time at the various microphones and tape recorders happily talking about the run and the touchdown.
It was Blake Frohnapfel’s first career TD pass and Eric Frohnapfel’s second career TD catch.
“We talked about it. We wanted it to happen in college,” said Blake Frohnapfel. “It’s everything I thought it would be.”
The brothers said they had many family members in the crowd enjoying their moment and the Herd’s first win.
Frohnapfel the quarterback completed all four of his pass attempts for 53 yards and had two carries for nine yards.
Eric Frohnapfel said the scoring pass wasn’t perfect, but he got the job done.
“It was a little wobbly,” he said. “I had to wait for it. I had to break that tackle and get into the end zone. I gave him a little crap on the sideline. Hey, we’re both happy with it.”
“It’s a very special moment throwing a TD pass to your twin brother,” Blake Frohnapfel said. “I was laying on the ground after I let it go. I said, ‘Oh no.’ Eric came through. Mom and dad, aunts and uncles enjoyed seeing it.”
Blake Frohnapfel, who is 6-foot-6, 225 pounds, said the run perhaps surprised some people. He admits his style is not the greatest.
“I can run the ball,” he said. “The end crashed and I took off.”
Blake Frohnapfel said the brothers will enjoy watching the plays during film session.
There’s a good chance the TD play will get more air time in the future.
“These are the kind of things you tell you grand-kids about,” he said. “It’ll be on a highlight reel.”