Frontier coach Rich Cornford was West High's coach during the Ryan Mathews days.
Mathews, now with the San Diego Chargers, is a unique talent and was sensational as a high school player.
Now Cornford gets to coach another special talent.
"We're excited Isaiah Sharp is here. I haven't had a back with his ability since the West High days," Cornford said.
A transfer from Wasco, Sharp led the Tigers with 1,349 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, despite missing two games with injury, and he led Wasco to the Division IV Central Section title in 2012 with 2,317 yards and 34 TDs.
Sharp spent several of his pre-high school years living in Bakersfield.
"I know all these guys. I played with them in Golden Empire," Sharp said. "I'm just trying to learn the offense now."
The challenge for Sharp is performing at a high level against stiffer competition, primarily the meat grinder known as the Southwest Yosemite League.
"It's a lot more challenging," Sharp said. "You've got to go when you need to go. You can't just wait on it. At Wasco, I could sit back and wait on my blockers."
Wasco went 22-3 the past two seasons. The Titans won the SWYL title two seasons ago at 5-0 but only went 4-6 last season (1-4 SWYL).
"Make the playoffs, win a lot of games and hopefully get to the Valley title game again. That's the goal," Sharp said.
Frontier has many other weapons.
Nick Santoro, the team's top rusher last season (610 yards, 8 TDs) is back, and he'll get his share of carries. But his forte is linebacker.
Junior Brady Serda, who joined the varsity late in his freshman season, was all-SWYL and second-team All-Area at safety last season.
Senior offensive tackle Blake Pierce (6-5, 272) was second-team all-SWYL.
Safety Riley Salters, linebackers Isaiah Atuatasi and Issiah Tuipoasi and defensive end Jason Quinton have looked good in practice, Cornford said.
The two quarterbacks used last season graduated. Cornford said the job is a battle between junior Elijah Hill and sophomore Greg Youngblood.
"Greg is a little better runner and Elijah is a more refined passer," Cornford said, adding that Serda and Salters are top receivers.
"But we're going to run a lot of two tight end sets to maximize the running game," Cornford said. "When you got a horse, you ride it.
"We have a lot of potential if we stay disciplined and do what we're supposed to do."
That includes Sharp, back playing with some childhood friends.
"We've been playing with each other since we were little," Serda said. "Hopefully we're back on schedule and do what we did two years ago."