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  • Frontenac starts slow, but beats Parsons

  • Sometimes a single play can change the whole momentum of the game. It’s rare that the one play occurs for the other team.

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  • Sometimes a single play can change the whole momentum of the game. It’s rare that the one play occurs for the other team.
    Frontenac was trailing to the winless Parsons Vikings 6-0 after Frontenac’s Devon Keith was stripped and Parsons’ Donte Gress caught the fumble and ran it back 76 yards for a 6-0 Viking lead halfway through the second quarter.
    But that one play woke up the Raiders, who scored twice by halftime, on the second half kickoff, and then twice within 20 seconds in the third quarter to turn the tide en route to a 53-12 win.
    The Gress fumble recovery sent the Raiders immediately back to fundamentals. Frontenac followed up that fumble with an 11-play drive that ended on a one-yard Jace Burdette plunge that put the Raiders up 7-6 with 2:07 before halftime.
    Parsons was unable to run out the clock, and on third down, Craig Beachner was intercepted by a healthy Bryce Burdette with less than 50 seconds left before halftime.
    The Raiders used the remaining time to march down the field. Keith found Taylor Johnson wide open on a post pattern across the middle of the field for a 34-yard touchdown with 4.3 seconds left in the half.
    The Raiders got the ball first in the second half and wasted no time, as Ryan Menghini dropped the kick, picked it up at the 18 and then raced through a hole in the coverage down the right side for an 82-yard touchdown.
    The onslaught didn’t stop there. Parsons pinned the Raiders at their own 6 on the next drive, but Frontenac made short work of the long field. They marched 94 yards in seven plays, even overcoming an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The drive was completed by an Ethan Powell three-yard run.
    Twenty seconds later, the Raiders would be in the end zone again. Parsons’ first play from scrimmage was a fumble recovered by Bryce Burdette at the Parsons 21. Keith took it to the house on a designed run to the left pylon for a 34-6 lead.
    Parsons would later add a touchdown on a Craig Beachner interception return.
    Keith would redeem himself on his next drive, running 31 yards down the left side before lowering a shoulder at the 5 and devastating a Parsons defender. Although he was pushed out at the 2, Keith would follow it up with a 2-yard touchdown run on the next play.
    It seemed as if the only thing that could stop the Frontenac offense after it got rolling was Mother Nature. The game went into a lightning delay shortly after Keith’s touchdown with 11:45 in the fourth quarter.
    Out of the delay, the Raiders added two touchdowns — a Taylor Johnson 5-yarder and a Keaton Bolinger 14-yarder.
    Frontenac moves to 4-3 on the season and will play at Independence.

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