FRONTENAC — The Frontenac High School football team was clicking on cylinders in regional matchup against Girard, as the Raiders knocked off the Trojans 41-6 to earn a spot in the sectional round of the playoffs.
Following a low-scoring first quarter, the Raiders began to pull away in the second and kept the Trojans off the scoreboard until the final minutes to earn the win.
“I really thought our defense was tremendous all night,” FHS head coach Mark Smith said. “They really set the tone. Our defensive line was able to stop Girard’s running game and put pressure on their quarterback in the passing game. Our offense complimented the defense and our special teams played really well. It was a complete win and I thought our seniors played great tonight. We took care of the ball, ran it well and played physical.”
Frontenac set the tone early by forcing the Trojans into a three-and-out to begin the contest, before going up 7-0 on a 12-yard touchdown run from Peyton Brown in the opening minutes of the contest.
The Raiders went on to extend the lead to 27-0 in the second quarter.
Brown scored the Raiders second and third touchdowns of the game on the strength of a 13-yard touchdown pass and 47-yard run.
Jake Wilbert followed them up with a touchdown of his own, pushing into the end zone from three yards out.
Wilbert carried the ball 14 yards into the end zone for a second time in the third quarter to increase the lead to 34-0.
Alex Johnson found the end zone in the fourth quarter to score Frontenac’s final touchdown, as he broke the goal line from the one-yard line to push the score to 41-0.
The Trojans avoided the shutout in the closing minutes of the game by scoring on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Kyler Siebert to Matt Sabine, but it was too late, as the Raiders had the game well in hand.
“It was a tough one to lose,” GHS head coach Neal Philpot said. “After seeing all the improvement we’ve made the past few weeks, we really wanted to keep playing and felt good about it going in. We just ran into Frontenac and they played very well. They made some plays and hats off to them. They were more physical at the line of scrimmage and were more athletic. Our guys played and fought hard, but we weren’t as good as we needed to be.”
— Jordan Buckamneer is the sports editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @jbuckamneer.