The defense was dominant for both teams in Erie on Thursday night.  A combined seven offensive points were scored, all of which belonged to the Red Devils and was enough to secure them the district championship with a 9-6 victory over the Frontenac Raiders.

The defense was dominant for both teams in Erie on Thursday night.  A combined seven offensive points were scored, all of which belonged to the Red Devils and was enough to secure them the district championship with a 9-6 victory over the Frontenac Raiders.

The game was ugly offensively from the start.

Frontenac’s first drive ended on a fumbled pitch by Bryce Burdette. Then eight plays later, after a 71-yard burst from Erie quarterback Keith Marquardt, a bad snap gave the Raiders the ball back on first and goal from the five.   However, Burdette gave it right back after only two plays. Even with another shot inside the ten, the Frontenac defense held Erie on a goalline stand that forced a turnover on downs. The ball was finally brought out of the Raiders’ own endzone when quarterback Chirstian Sharp was sacked for a safety and the only two points of the first three quarters.  

The rest of the first half carried out in much the same way, with constant changes of possession due to punts and more turnovers.

The opening possession of the second half looked promising for the Raiders, who were now using Burdette along with Sharp at quarterback. They drove methodically down the field with this tandem and had a first down at the Erie 13. However, a costly holding penalty forced a series of tough throws from both quarterbacks which fell for incompletions and the Raiders turned the ball over on downs.  

Early in the fourth quarter, after another Raider fumble gave Erie the ball on the FHS 5, the Red Devils were finally able to break through the defense and Marquardt scored on a 1-yard dive. The all important extra-point was made and extended the lead to two possessions, 9-0.

Frontenac did not give up that easily.

With 1:15 remaining, the Raiders blocked a punt and jumped on it in the endzone to make it 9-6, but on the impending onside kick a recovery was made by Erie’s Ty Swiler that clinched the win.

The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Raiders and puts them on the road next Tuesday for a tough test at Wellsville in the opening round of the state playoffs.      

RED DEVILS 9 RAIDERS 6
FHS       0     0 0 6 — 6
EHS      2 0 0 7 — 9
Scoring Summary
EHS — Safety 1Q 2:24
EHS — Keith Marquardt 1run (Brad Dozier kick good) 4Q 11:22
FHS — Punt Block Recovery (conversion failed) 4Q 1:15
Team Statistics  
                              Frontenac    Erie
First Downs               8                   7
Rushing yds.            107             107   
Passing yds.            52                 36
Total offense            159              143
Punt-avg.                 3-36            5-33
Penalties-yds.         4-30            4-35
Fumbles-lost.             6-4             4-2
Individual Statistics                
RUSHING — Frontenac, Bryce Burdette 21-42, Kyler Vena 4-19, Luke Dainty 3-10, Ethan Powell 1-(-3), Ross Edge 3-11, Christian Sharp 4-19, Zach Hensley 1-6, Taylor Johnson 1-4. Erie, Tyler Kennedy 8-35, Rian Lahey 5-(-12), Keith Marquardt 24-94.
PASSING — Frontenac, Christian Sharp 1-5-11, Bryce Burdette 2-5-30, Austin Seward 1-1-11. Erie, Keith Marquardt 3-7-34.  
RECEIVING — Frontenac, Taylor Johnson 2-22, Zach Hensley 1-20, Caleb Spangler 1-10. Erie, Kevin Carr 1-9, Tyler Kennedy 1-27, Ty Swiler 1-0.