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Morning Sun
  • Coffeyville too much for Raiders in 57-26 romp

  • Coffeyville only ran one offensive play in the first quarter. Technically, they only had possession for 14 seconds in the quarter. In many ways, the quarter went the way Frontenac wanted, with Raider running back Bryce Burdette gunning for 72 yards and a touchdown in the quarter.

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  • Coffeyville only ran one offensive play in the first quarter. Technically, they only had possession for 14 seconds in the quarter. In many ways, the quarter went the way Frontenac wanted, with Raider running back Bryce Burdette gunning for 72 yards and a touchdown in the quarter.
    But although they didn’t have the ball much in the quarter, Field-Kindley ended the first quarter with a 15-7 lead and would go on to dominate the rest of the game en route to an 57-26 win over Frontenac.
    Things started out strong for the Raiders. The Raiders grinded out a 12-play, 65-yard drive to open the game, throwing just one time on the drive into the heart of the Golden Tornado defense. The drive was capped off by a 2-yard Bryce Burdette touchdown run with 5:32 left in the first quarter.
    Coffeyville struck back almost immediately. On the first play from scrimmage, Nathan Finley found James Newton on the sideline, and Newton broke one tackle to have nothing but daylight ahead of him on a 77-yard pass play that would be the Golden Tornado’s only offensive play from scrimmage the entire quarter.
    But it wasn’t the only time they’d score in the quarter. Frontenac used more Bryce Burdette on the second drive and was lucky that Devon Keith recovered his own fumble on a quarterback plunge. But on the following play, the luck turned bad as a pitch did not get completed, leaving the ball available for Wesley Collins to pick up and return 79 yards for a touchdown and a 15-7 lead.
    The Golden Tornado would not be stopped in the second quarter, while Frontenac couldn’t get going.
    The Raiders went three and out, and Coffeyville had a nine-play drive that ended in a James Jones III one-yard touchdown plunge.
    The next Raider offensive play ended in a Bryce Burdette fumble, giving Coffeyville a short field. Coffeyville would use that short field, with Collins finishing the drive off with a 12-yard rumble. Collins would end the game with 99 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns (one rushing, one fumble return).
    Even when things went right for Frontenac, it turned quickly. On the ensuing kickoff after a Bryce Burdette 6-yard touchdown run to make the score 29-14, James Newton returned the kickoff 83 yards for an answering touchdown.
    The turnovers didn’t stop for the Raiders in the disastrous second quarter. Another fumble by Burdette gave the Golden Tornado the ball at the Raider 29 and Finley hit Darron Deffebaugh for a 12-yard touchdown pass to end the drive, and the half, up 43-14.
    The Raiders certainly had their own successes, with Burdett running for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while Ross Edge didn’t have a carry until the second half, yet ended with 88 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns.
    Page 2 of 2 - The second Edge touchdown drew the Raiders within 50-26, but the Golden Tornado would return their second kickoff for a touchdown, this time on a 91-yard return by James Newton that put the finishing touches on the game.
    Field-Kindley will advance in the Class 4A playoffs to play Louisburg, who upset Fort Scott 17-0, in the second round on Saturday. Frontenac ends the season at 5-5.
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