Frontenac aims to finish season with 3A state title

The Raiders face Andale Saturday in the 3A state championship game.

FRONTENAC, Kan. – The Frontenac Raiders last played for a state championship in 2017.

“It was a big deal. We were in 8th grade. We were in the stands watching,” says Frontenac senior RB/LB Justice Compton, “It was definitely a moment where we thought to ourselves that’s what we want to do when we get into high school.”

Now the Raiders are back in the state title game – giving this group of seniors a chance to do what they’ve been planning to do since they were kids.

“We’ve dreamed of this since youth league,” Compton says, “We’ve always told coach Smith that our grade is going to be the group that goes to state and wins it. ”

“They’ve been talking about this their whole career,” coach Smith says of his senior group, “They put the work in in the off-season. We have 18 special seniors and a young group that’s very special as well. They’ve come together and bonded well. That’s what makes a special team. They’ve clicked at the right time, and they have one more ride together.”

The Raiders are coming off a big 32-13 win over Holton in the state semifinals.

Frontenac held the Wildcats to just 13 points Friday – a season low for a Holton team averaging 40 per week.

“I thought we played extremely hard,” Smith says of the semifinal game against Holton, “After that first quarter, we really controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides. We’ve been in a lot of big games the last four or five weeks and a lot of tight games in the third and fourth quarters. Our kids weren’t fazed at halftime when we were down by one. We felt like we were in a good position. You could see the confidence in our kids. I was just proud of our leadership. Our kids believe and they just played really hard last Friday.”

They’ll need another big performance on Saturday in the state championship game.

Frontenac faces Andale for the 3A title – a team that’s 12-0 and averaging more than 50 points per contest.

“Saturday will be good, smash-mouth football,” Compton says of facing Andale, “That’s the way we like it.”

“They control the clock and they control the ball,” Smith says of undefeated Andale, “It seems like their offense is on the field a lot. We’re going to have to do that to them, run at them, take care of the ball, keep their defense on the field and just try to win the field position and turnover battles.”

“We’re big up front and our linebackers are really good getting downhill,” Compton finishes, “We just love physical football. That’s just part of being part of a Frontenac team. We love each other like brothers, and we’re just willing to get it done together.”

Frontenac faces Andale in the 3A state championship game at 1 PM Saturday in Hutchinson, Kansas.