Frontenac aims for district title against undefeated Girard

The Raiders and Trojans meet Friday night, with the winner earning a district championship.

FRONTENAC, Kan. – It already feels like playoff time for the Frontenac Raiders.

“This is one of those games where you wake up Saturday morning and you know it’s here,” says Frontenac head coach Mark Smith, “You’re excited for it. You wake up the next morning and it’s all you think about all week.”

“We want to be the top dog,” says Frontenac senior Dawson Lapping, “It’s a big deal to us.”

Frontenac hits the field against Girard in the final game of the regular season Friday – with the winning earning the KSHSAA Class 3A District 2 title.

“It’s one of the first goals every year. With our new district the last couple years, we don’t get to play every league school, so this kind of became our number one goal to start the season,” Smith adds, “We want to win the district, and we feel like our district is very good.”

Girard has been one of the best in southeast Kansas this season, heading into Friday with a perfect 7-0 record.

Like the Raiders, the Trojans are 4-0 against district opponents.

“They have great speed and great athleticism,” Lapping says of Girard, “but I think we’re a lot more physical and it should be a great game to watch.”

“Explosive plays on offense,” Smith says of what he sees on tape from Girard, “They have some speed. Their quarterback has done a great job getting the ball to their weapons. They’re very aggressive on defense and have a tremendous linebacker. They’re just great ball players over there. Coach Philpot has done a tremendous job. Girard plays extremely hard. They don’t beat themselves. They’ve just played well all season.”

Frontenac has been hot themselves, winning 5 in a row.

So the winner Friday will not only be district champion – but will ride momentum into the post-season.

“They’re a great team,” Lapping says, “We’re just trying to get prepared for them and keep rolling for the first round of the playoffs.”

“That’s the good part about this game, it’s going to be great for both teams, just with the intensity of the week and the importance of winning a district championship for both teams,” Smith finishes, “It’s going to have a playoff atmosphere. Both teams are going to get something out of this and it should be a great game.”

Friday night’s game will be in Girard at 7 PM.