BAXTER SPRINGS — The Frontenac High School football team capped off the season with a 47-22 win over Baxter Springs on Friday.
A tightly contest contest turned into a sizeable victory for the Raiders, as they pulled away in the second half to pick up a third consecutive win.
Frontenac began on its own 37-yard line after receiving the opening kick and went down the field in under two minutes on the strength of a 50-yard pass from Jake Wilbert to Brendan Ishimura.
Peyton Brown did the rest, as he pushed across the goal line from two yards out to give the Raiders an early 7-0 lead.
The seven-point lead stood for the remaining of the first quarter, with both teams battling for field position, but a 52-yard punt return by Wilbert set up a five-yard touchdown run by Kooper Loy to give the Raiders a 14-0 advantage in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Baxter cut into the lead two minutes later on the strength of a 24-yard touchdown pass, before tying the game at 14-all on an 11-yard touchdown run with under six minutes remaining in the first half.
The Lions attempted to get the ball back with an onside kick, but it was recovered by the Raiders on their own 32-yard line.
Frontenac would score two plays later, as Wilbert broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown run to regain the lead at 21-14.
FHS went on to score once more on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Brown to Wilbert, which gave the Raiders a 28-14 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.
The Raiders began pulling away in the second half, going up 47-14 with the help of a pair of touchdown runs from Alex Johnson and Wilbert.
Baxter scored a touchdown of its own late in the fourth quarter, but it was too late, as the Raiders drained the clock in the final possession to get the win.
Frontenac will host Girard in regionals at 7 p.m. on Friday.