BRATTLEBORO — The Plymouth State University football team is now hoping it wasn't the magic hat that was responsible for "Frosty" coming to life on fields throughout the Green Mountain State.
Brattleboro Union High School student Chris Frost, who ran for 1,772 yards during his senior year, is trading in his Colonels helmet for one with a panther on it.
"I feel like I will bring a positive mindset, intensity, and a little bit of speed to the Plymouth football team," Frost commented.
Brattleboro's big play specialist had 95 carries and reached the end zone 17 times during the 2019 regular season. In the Division 2 state championship game against Bellows Falls, he erupted for 278 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
"One of the best memories I have is in the state championship game — running the ball on the very first play on offense, taking it 98 yards and scoring," said Frost. "Another memory I have is also from this year...in the semifinal game against Fair Haven, I just remember running from sideline to sideline before turning up field and running for about 35 or 40 yards."
The Colonels' read-option play, involving quarterback Tyler Millerick and Frost, was nearly unstoppable. Running behind talented offensive linemen Elijah Isham, Sammy Fontaine, Tyler McNary, Reed McKay and Jem Cohen, "Frosty" burned rival MAU for 193 yards on the ground and rushed for 199 yards against North Country.
He also finished with 105 receiving yards versus Windsor.
"There are a couple players that I have looked up to over the years, both professionally and that I know personally," Frost stated. "Since I was younger, I have always watched Emmitt Smith and more recently Christian McCaffrey. One player that I have looked up to that I know is Cheick Diakite."
Can you blame him? The 240-pound Diakite bulled his way to 3,100 rushing yards and 38 scores during his varsity career at BUHS.
"One thing that I like most about football is being able to be really physical and hitting, and not get penalized for it," Frost noted.
The speed demon was introduced to football when he was 5 or 6 and his first team was the Tiny Mites in Brattleboro Pop Warner. He is hoping to remain a running back in college, but also said he is willing to do whatever is needed.
"I decided on Plymouth because it felt like the school that felt like home the most," mentioned Frost, adding that the campus didn't feel overwhelmingly big nor did it feel too small.
Frost will major in Sports Management at the Division 3 school in Plymouth, N.H. The Panthers, who also have BUHS grad Conor Hiner on their roster, went 6-4 in the fall.