Twists and turns at an M. Night Shyamalan pace have defined the Parsons Vikings’ campaign thus far. While Parsons sits at 2-2, it’s undefeated in the only season that matters.

After last week’s 40-0 homecoming rout of Baxter Springs, the Vikings are 1-0 in district play heading into a Week 5 showdown with the Frontenac Raiders.

The shutout win for Parsons snapped a two-game losing streak, giving the Vikings the much-needed reset to the season.

“It was a very important win for us,” Parsons head coach Kurt Friess said. “Our kids had been working hard and not getting the success on the field. So it was nice for our hard work to translate into a victory. So it was a big win for us.” 

Now facing the Vikings are the Frontenac Raiders, widely viewed as the favorite to win the district and make a run at a 3A state title.

Frontenac is undefeated at 4-0 with wins over Richmond (Mo.), St. Mary’s Colgan, Commerce (Okla.) and Galena. On the season, the Raiders have scored at least 20 points in each game and haven’t allowed more than 14.

“They’re undefeated and really haven’t been tested,” Friess said. “They’re very sound fundamentally. They’re fast and athletic and attack on defense. Their offensive line does a great job. They’ve got an athletic quarterback. They’re a tough matchup.” 

Frontenac is coming off a dominant 27-14 win over Galena, last year’s district champion. The Raiders’ backfield tandem of Jake Beckmann and Alex Johnson has been the spark plug for Frontenac’s offense.

“They run a lot of different formations and schemes,” Friess said. “The quarterback run is probably their most consistent and dangerous option. But they’ve run the option, run screens, make catches in space and run between the tackles. They’re a well-balanced football team.” 

As for Parsons, it’s coming off a dominant effort on both sides of the ball. The Vikings had 13 tackles for loss against Baxter Springs and amassed 481 total yards of offense.

“We did play better on both sides of the line of scrimmage last week,” Friess said. “That’s a testament to our focus in practice where we’ve been more physical. Football is about physicality and execution and not as much about formations and plays. We were more physical and executed better than Baxter. If we can do that against Frontenac, we will win.” 

The Vikings will need to play its best game of the year to pull off an upset of traditional powerhouse Frontenac. But Parsons has the playmakers to make noise as Week 5 is upon us.

“We’ve got great athletes on the edge,” Friess said. “We need to execute and try to get the ball in space. If we can do that, we can look pretty good on Friday night.” 

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