Paul Frazier reflects on stellar Aloha football tenure
In a given game, Paul Frazier gave Aloha the sort of threat that could score from anywhere on the football field.
Line him up in the slot and Frazier would feast on smaller nickel backs with his size our devour linebackers with his speed and quickness. Split him out wide and the 6-foot-2, 200-pound pass catcher could stretch the field and take the top off of a defense with big-play ability and run after the catch exploits. Motion Frazier into the backfield as an option quarterback and the former signal caller could beat teams with his arm or legs.
In three areas of football: offense, defense and special teams, Frazier presented the type of matchup problem that made opposing teams sit up and take notice when they put on the Warriors' film from week to week. Against Sunset, in a game that got away from Aloha in the first half, Frazier kept fighting and hauled in two second-half touchdown receptions — both of which went for more than 50 yards.
Versus Beaverton, a team that was loaded but always seems to find itself in a dogfight with Aloha, Frazier tore up the Beavers' kickoff coverage by taking two kicks back for scores.
In fact, Frazier finished second in the state in kickoff return yardage with 536 yards on 16 attempts and three touchdowns. He was Aloha's x-factor, the tenuous variable who made the Warriors' offense and special teams unit even more precarious. His versatility helped land third-team all-Metro honors as a junior and senior.
"I love moving around the field," Frazier said with a smile. "I'm not a 'one position' type of guy. I like getting around the field, moving places and stuff. I've been doing that since youth (football), so I was used to it. I was just trying to do work."
As a senior safety, Frazier didn't play as much in the back end of Aloha's defense as he did as a sophomore and junior. Yet, his knack for finding the ball and blowing up pass catchers coming across the middle helped make a name for himself as an underclassman.
"Being one of the main guys on Aloha was definitely a challenge having to play all those good teams in the Metro League," Frazier said. "I tried to stay on top of everything: my route running after practice, lifting after school, getting my homework done. From youth (football) all the way up until now, I feel like I came out accomplished. Even though our season didn't go the way we wanted, I'm still blessed."
In a season where the Warriors won just one game, Frazier was one of the playmaking forces ensuring Aloha would never be an also-ran, a team that Metro League rivals could not overlook.
Five of Aloha's six losses were competitive for at least the first half but ultimately slipped from the Warriors' grasp. Still, Frazier and company tended the Warriors' combative fire.
"We had a young roster, but I'm excited to see what they do this season," Frazier said of Aloha.
Frazier followed in the footsteps of former Aloha greats Sheldon Prince, A.J. McCollum and Parker Bull when he represented Aloha in the 70th annual Les Schwab Bowl two weeks ago.
The now ex-Warrior ran one kick back for 11 yards and saw extensive time at wide receiver for the North team. Frazier, along with some of the North's other stars such as Brennan Howell, Nate Fields and J.J. Perez will suit up for the College of the Siskiyous in the fall. Frazier said COTS first introduced themselves after his sophomore season and stayed in regular contact the past three years.
"It's just a blessing to make it to the next level," Frazier said. "Anybody can make it anywhere from any school. Just making it to the college game is all I could ask for."
Ideally, Frazier said he hopes to play a year or two in the Siskiyous and then transfer to a Division One or Two school in the near future. If the right school offers after his freshman season, then Frazier will weigh whether to jump to a bigger university. But his primary focus is on school and earning a college diploma down the road.
"My high school football career is done, but my football career is not over," Frazier said with a smile. "I want to get that (college) degree because it's hard in the world right now to get a job after college without that degree, so I want to make it and use football to get my education."