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Flyers take steps back in loss to Knights

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 21, 2003

LEXINGTON – It was a game Franklin County would soon like to forget.

The Flyers traveled to Lexington Catholic Friday night to take on the Knights, and the result was not pretty. The Flyers rushed for minus four yards, passed for only 52 yards, committed four turnovers and netted only two first downs for the game.

It resulted in a 69-0 loss and in the words of FCHS football coach Donny Walker, “three steps backward” for his squad.

Lexington Catholic scored early and often. At the end of the first quarter the Knights were up 28-0 and at halftime extended their lead to 42-0.

Lexington Catholic head coach Bob Sphire felt his team needed to make amends for its 45-22 loss to Scott County last Friday, but Sphire said he didn’t believe his team would win by such a large margin.

“It’s kind of a blip on the screen,” Sphire said. “It got steam rolling and (they Flyers are) inexperienced, and that’s going to happen. You don’t ever plan on that happening, but we went out and took care of business and played every play the way it needs to be played.”

As for the Flyers, Walker was not happy. After an impressive 46-25 win over Casey County last Friday, Franklin County could never get things going on either side of the ball. The Flyers didn’t get a first down until almost five minutes left in the second quarter after an eight-yard run by Randy Mengel, and the offensive firepower they showed last week was non-existent.

Walker was less than pleased after the game. He said he could accept a loss, but his team’s performance was more disappointing than the final score.

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