First-time head coaches Craig Foley and Scott Mooney will get their first games under their belts Friday night as Frankfort High and Western Hills begin play in the 2003 high school football season.
Franklin County, meanwhile, is off until next week's home opener versus Grant County.
Here's a look at this week's matchups for the Panthers and Wolverines.
Evarts at FHS
Foley's Panthers are excited about kicking the season off. Frankfort will host Evarts in the second annual Capital City Bowl with kickoff set for 8 p.m.
The Wildcats had a breakout season a year ago, finishing with an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Class A playoffs. Evarts lost to Hazard 34-21 in that playoff game, but the team returns 17 starters.
"We've watched them on film and they are a traditional (Eastern Kentucky) team," Foley said of Evarts. "They're big and physical. They're really big up front. To be blunt, they're solid all the way around."
Evarts will be led by Frank Middleton at running back. Middleton was injured most of the season a year ago, suffering a broken foot in the preseason.
Shawn Hoskins is the team's quarterback. Last year as a sophomore, Hoskins passed for 829 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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