In Spring Valley’s 31-7 win against Ridge View, senior safety Tyler Frazier proved invaluable.
In a game that was halted by several weather delays, Frazier was something of a quiet storm. He posted 16 tackles and broke up two passes. But it was his 41-yard interception return touchdown that had the biggest ripple effect for the Vikings.
“That really got us going,” defensive coordinator Mike Harrell said.
Frazier said, “I was going for it any time they passed in my direction, and that time I got it, and there was nobody else there. One of my teammates got a good block for me, and that’s what allowed me to get in the end zone.”
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“I felt like that gave us a real good boost,” he said. “We came out kind of flat after one of the delays and that got us back going.”
Spring Valley coach Jerry Brown said Frazier has become more self-assured as the season has gone on, and that it shows on the field.
“He’s an assignment football player; he’s very disciplined and focused on the job he’s got to do,” Brown said.
Harrell said Frazier is developing as a vocal leader for the team but that his performance speaks for itself most games.
“This season we expected a lot out of him because he had a great junior season, and he has lived up to that expectation. He has gotten better each week, and that has helped, because we’ve had to play him more on defense in some games because of turnovers,” Harrell said.
Frazier got a scholarship offer from Hampton University in October. He has official visits at several schools lined up through January, and he is hoping to add to his highlight reel this week as the Vikings close the regular season against Westwood.
“I’m getting a lot more attention these days, and it’s motivating me to play even harder. I want to do whatever it takes to show them I’m committed to the game and getting better, and to keep their interest,” he said.
Frazier has 100 tackles, three interceptions, five pass deflections and a fumble recovery for the season.