PHS running back credits O-line for success

Published 12:01 am Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pleasant Home’s Frank Senn practices Tuesday afternoon. Senn has racked up 1,625 yards in the regular season. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Tattooed on the back of Pleasant Home senior running back Frank Senn is a cross, with wings and a blanket draped across the middle.

This week, Senn will try to be a blanket of security, and help lead the Eagles to a first round win over the Sweet Water Bulldogs in the Class 1A state playoffs on Friday night.

At 5-foot-8 and 175 pounds, Senn has had an impressive regular season, rushing for 1,625 yards on the ground. Last week against Cottage Hill, Senn rushed 24 times for 224 yards in the loss. In addition, Senn rushed for more than 900 of his total yards in a three-game stretch.

When asked about the game coming up against the Bulldogs, Senn it’d be good to get a win.

“I mean, it isn’t giong to be easy,” he said. “It’s going to be a tough game. I want to get a win — the whole team wants to get a win. We came this far.”

Senn said the one thing he credits above all else with me is success is the guys up front — the offensive line.

“If it wasn’t for them, then I wouldn’t have gotten that far,” he said. “There would’ve been no way I would’ve gotten 300 yards without the offensive line. They’re pretty much the main reason we’re going to the playoffs.

“We’ve been working hard at practice, and they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing at games,” he said. “They got us (to the playoffs).”

Before Senn transferred to PHS from Andalusia during his sophomore year, he played football for the Andalusia Middle School Bulldogs.

During games, Senn said he has no particular spot where he likes to run the ball on the field.

“I just go straight forward, and pound it down their throats,” he said. “That’s all we do. None of us are fast — we’ve just got to go straight through.”

Sweet Water will enter Friday night’s contest after only losing three games to top-ranked teams in the state (Thomasville, Leroy and Handley).

Senn said they can be beaten after viewing film on the Bulldogs.

“They don’t look unbeatable — they’re human,” Senn said. “I think we’ve got a shot if we do what we’re supposed to — do what we’re taught to do, and we’ll come up with a win.”

Senn is the son of Sonia Senn and Gary Beasley of Libertyville.