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  • Frontenac stays on roll with 49-12 win

  • Frontenac hasn’t traditionally been known for their air attack.



    But on Friday night, it was the air attack — and the ability to stop Baxter’s — that guided the Raiders to a 49-12 win.

    In a game marred by penalties on both teams, but Frontenac used its speedy wide receivers and a turnover-hungry defense to take it to the Lions.

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  • Frontenac hasn’t traditionally been known for their air attack.
    But on Friday night, it was the air attack — and the ability to stop Baxter’s — that guided the Raiders to a 49-12 win.
    In a game marred by penalties on both teams, but Frontenac used its speedy wide receivers and a turnover-hungry defense to take it to the Lions.
    Baxter had three turnovers in the first half and had only one play longer than five yards before halftime — a seven-yard run.
    Up 8-0 after a Devon Keith quarterback follow from three yards out, the Raiders recovered a Baxter Springs fumble on a play botched in the backfield. It didn’t take long for the Raiders to respond. Keith launched a pass just past the fingers of a Baxter defender into the hands of Brett Macary, who literally walked into the end zone after catching it inside the 5.
    Two plays into Baxter’s ensuing drive, and Bryan Wade got the first of his two interceptions on the night. He would fumble on the return, but Macary recovered to retain possession for the Raiders. Back to-back passes by Keith found Leonard Barton and Blake Vail to set up a 1-yard Jace Burdette touchdown plunge to put the Raiders up 21-0.
    The teams traded turnovers (Wade made his second interception of the day on a pass tipped by Vail), Frontenac faced a third and long. And Keith aired it out again, hitting Wade on the right side for a 65-yard touchdown for a 28-0 lead that held going into halftime.
    In the second half, the Lions started to wake up. Running back Amos Bindel began to break loose, scoring two touchdowns (44 and 4 yards). He would end the game with 123 yards on 27 carries.
    Baxter quarterback Derek Barnes and wide receiver Nick Abernathy also started connecting after only connecting once for five yards in the first half. In the second, however, they moved the ball efficiently, with six  passes for 143 of Barnes’ 160 passing yards.
    But although the Lions moved the ball better in the second half, the Raiders didn’t let up offensively. Ross Edge countered Bindel’s first touchdown with an 8-yarder of his own. The Raiders then stretched the lead to 42-6 on a strong series.
    On second and 14 from their own 38, Keith used his arm again to find Matt Standlee for 37 yards. Then, he used his legs on an option keeper for another 20 to get down to the Lion 5. One holding play later, and Keith found Jace Burdette on a fullback out pattern, and he squirted down the right sideline for a touchdown.
    “We recognized on film that their coverages didn’t roll to the ball,” Keith said after the game. “That helped us have success in the air. Running, we weren’t as strong as we’d like. We had way too many penalties [8 for 55 yards] and way too many turnovers [two, including one muffed punt return]. We’ve got to correct our mistakes going into districts.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Raiders would add a touchdown late in the game on an Austin Seward 56-yard run on a play in which Seward dropped a handoff, then picked it up, found an edge, then cut back into open space.
    The Raiders move to 3-3 with the win. Baxter fell to 0-6.

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