Flyers, Panthers to meet for first time in 20 years

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If the combined 4-1 record of the three local football teams isn't enough to get football fans excited, this weekend's matchup between Frankfort and Franklin County will surely do the trick.

The Panthers and Flyers will meet for the first time in 20 years Friday night at Sower Football Field. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Western Hills, coming off a 17-7 win over Christian Academy of Louisville, is off on Friday and will host FHS Sept. 12.

Both Frankfort and Franklin County are coming off good wins, too. The Flyers defeated Grant County 26-14 in their opener while the Panthers are 2-0 after a 54-8 shellacking of Pike County Central Friday.

Ironically, that was the score the last time the Panthers and Flyers met back in 1983, with Franklin County winning that one.

"Our kids are really excited about Friday night," Frankfort coach Craig Foley said of his players. "Their emotions are pretty high. It's a big rivalry."

But that's something both Foley and FCHS coach Donny Walker have tried to downplay with their teams.

"I've been worried about them getting too hyped up," Foley said. "The emotions are good, but I hope we don't get carried away and lose sight of what we need to get done."

"We've really approached this week like any other game," Walker added. "The kids understand that, and they know what's going on. The thing for us to keep in mind is that it's early and it's a non-conference game.

"One good thing I've been impressed with is the business-like approach the kids have had. They're eager to play but they're still working hard."

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