Former rivals glad rivalry is back

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The last time the Frankfort High and Franklin County football teams met on the football field, the year was 1983.

Michael Jordan wasn't yet basketball's greatest icon but simply a good player for the University of North Carolina.

Pete Rose was chasing Ty Cobb's hit record and not the game of baseball itself.

The Dallas Cowboys were still good.

And the Flyers dismantled the Panthers 54-8 at Benny Watkins Field.

"They had the numbers, a lot of good athletes, and they ate us alive," said Larry Wilhoite, a 1984 FHS graduate and former lineman and middle linebacker.

But little did anyone know that would be the last time the two teams would meet in football.

Until now.

"They need to be playing each other," said Charlie Long, who quarterbacked the Flyers in the 1983 game and now lives in Lexington. "Anything to draw attention to the sport and the kids will be good. The young kids in town always seem to look up to the high school players, like they're in the NFL, and if they can see a rivalry atmosphere, it will only add to that."

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