Franklin County boys soccer coach David Rice never lost faith that his Flyers could become one of the best teams in the area, challenging Western Hills and Frankfort High for in-town supremacy along the way.
Rice took over the FCHS helm four years ago, went through two bad seasons, pushed them over .500 a year ago, and now appears to have FCHS on centerstage.
His Flyers provided ample evidence of that Tuesday night in the first round of the Rotary Capital City Classic as they got past the Western Hills Wolverines 3-0 in the first-round game.
Franklin County improved to 3-0 and plays Owen County Thursday night at 6 in the second round.
Western Hills plays Frankfort High Thursday at 8 in the other second-round match. The Panthers defeated Owen County 3-0 in Tuesday's first game.
The Flyers have yet to be scored on, beating Harrison County 1-0 and Marion County 2-0 coming into Tuesday's contest.
"It's all about experience," Rice said of his team's progress. "We started rebuilding two years ago. We've got five juniors, at least, who have started since they were freshmen, and they've all come up in my system.
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