BAXTER SPRINGS - Friday was senior night and the final football game at the Lion Den stadium for the 2017 season. With a 47-22 loss to the Frontenac Raiders, and an 0-3 district record, the Lions wrap up 2017 with a 4-5 record.
The Raiders jumped out to a 7-0 start on their first possession, using only a little over a minute off the clock. Jake Wilbert unloaded a pass to Brenden Ishimora who advanced to the two yard line. Peyton Brown took the ball the remaining yards.
Early in the second period Kooper Loy caught a yard pass in the flat to up the score to 14. After the kick off Baxter Springs added their first touchdown. The Lions started at their 20. Narciso Ortiz ran to the 25, and with an unusual defensive chop block, the Lions were advanced to their 41. Stephan Namelo made a nice Trey White catch. Ortiz broke tackles to get to Frontenac’s 25. Gage Piper ran to the 23. Namelo made a diving catch from White in the end zone.
Two minutes later the Lions scored again. Tyler Price got an interception at the Raiders 20, and moved up to the 11. Ortiz ran it in from there. With Jose Leon’s two extra point kicks the game was tied at 14.
On the Raiders following possession Wilbert went 59 yards to pay dirt. Trey Harris made his third extra point kick, and the Raiders went up by seven.
Baxter Springs next moved down to their 49. On a fourth down they decided to go for a new set of downs instead of punting away. They were stopped on the attempt. With less than 50 seconds left in the half Frontenac added another score.
Tight end Zach Rosebrough on a pass went from the 34 to the eight. Wilbert again ran for the Raiders and added one more TD in the fourth quarter to lead 47-14.
After the Raiders last touchdown the Lions started at the 20. Ortiz went to the 26, then to the 31. Freshman Piper ran to the 39. White went left end to the 45. Piper went up the middle to the 47. Ortiz crossed the center line to the 49, then ran left and was ran out of bounds at the 20. A 10 yard Raider penalty moved the Lions to the 10. Ortiz advanced to the five, and White went up the middle from there. A 2-point White pass to Namelo put the Lions at 22.
Showing sportsmanship Frontenac took a knee three times and punted. The Lions coach Tim Parrish apparently decided to let some of the senior lineman play running back. A.J. Himes gained two yards. And Blythe Ipock gained five. At the Raiders 42, big Ipock pounded his way up the middle to the 36 for a first and 10.
A pitch back from White to Namelo, then a pitch back to White, set up a pass to Ortiz in the end zone. A flag brought the ball back to the 41. Himes bulled his way to the 30, Ortiz went to the 23, then to the 18. The clock ran out before Baxter Springs could score.
The Lions did win the net yardage statistic. Baxter Springs gained 362 yards on 245 rushing, and 117 passing. Frontenac finished with 340 yards with 169 in the air.
Frontenac (6-3), and 3-0 in district play, as the #1 seed will host Girard (4-5). Columbus (7-2) is the #2 district seed, and will travel to Burlington (6-3). The first round is scheduled to kick off this Friday night.