FRONTENAC — The up-and-down season for the Frontenac High School football team continued on Friday with a 31-17 loss to Labette County.
A tie game at halftime didn’t stay even for long, as the Grizzlies took control in the second half and went up by two touchdowns while keeping the Raiders in check to earn the win.
“I thought we played extremely hard and I think Labette played very well,” FHS head coach Mark Smith said. “It was a pretty physical game for both teams and I thought it was our best game of the year. We knew they were going to be good, but our kids stayed focused and we competed. We just had too many mental mistakes and turnovers. I saw some good things for us to build on going into district play next week.”
Frontenac jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead in the early going on the strength of a touchdown run by Jake Wilbert.
The Raiders began the scoring drive in excellent field position, starting in their own territory after jumping on a fumble in the opening possession of the contest.
Labette County drove the ball just outside the red zone after receiving the kickoff, but an interception by Brendan Ishimura gave the ball back to the Raiders on their own three-yard line.
Frontenac took the ball deep into Grizzly territory following the turnover increased the lead to 10-0 on a field goal with just under three minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
The Grizzlies came alive in the second quarter, as they followed up a touchdown run on offense with a safety on the defensive end to come to within one at 10-9.
Labette County went on to take the lead at 17-10 with under three minutes remaining in the first half, scoring on a quarterback sneak and crossing the goal line again on the two-point conversion.
The Raiders took over following the touchdown and tied the game up at 17-all before the half, as Broc Ginavan received a screen pass from Peyton Brown and ran it 69 yards into the end zone.
The Grizzlies went on to take the momentum and close out the win by holding the Raiders scoreless in the second half and finding the end zone twice.
The Raiders will head west next week to face off against Parsons.