Carol City Rides Defensive Formula To State Championship
Even after 13 years, defense is still the name of the game at Carol City.
In a performance that stirred up memories of a cold December night in 2003 — the last time a suffocating Chiefs’ defense delivered a state championship — Carol City’s modern-day defense smothered Lakeland Lake Gibson during a 14-6 victory in the Class 6A final.
Carol City (10-3) secured its first state title since that 2003 season and won its fifth overall.
“This was a performance reminiscent of the Carol City teams of old and the great defenses this school had in the past under coach Walt Frazier,” said Carol City coach Aubrey Hill, who played for the Chiefs in the late 1980s and lost in the state final his senior season.
Frazier was in the building Saturday watching from the stands. And it was a sight that connected Carol City’s past to its present.
During his tenure as Carol City coach, Frazier’s disciplined defenses often dictated the outcomes of games by controlling the line of scrimmage and forcing turnovers.
They did it during Carol City’s 29-game winning streak during the 1996-97 seasons when the Chiefs won back-to-back state titles.