Long time coming - FHS hands Flyers loss as rivalry resumes

By SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Call this one a payback two decades in the making.

The Frankfort High football team defeated Franklin County 22-14 Friday night at Sower Football Field before a packed house of nearly 3,500 fans.

"This is a great night," said FHS senior linebacker Myron Moore. "We hadn't played Franklin County in 20 years and to beat a 3A school, well, I'm just overwhelmed.

"It was a great game," Moore added. "Franklin County didn't back down and I just hope this becomes a tradition. We should play them every year."

"It was a madhouse," echoed FCHS coach Donny Walker. "I know our kids hated to lose, but I think they really enjoyed the atmosphere. They loved seeing the support they got from our fans and their classmates. We just hope it stays this way."

Franklin County knocked off the Class A Panthers 54-8 back in 1983, the last time the two rivals met, but this game came down to some big plays on special teams and defense.

With both teams struggling on offense, the first half would have likely ended without a score had it not been for two key turnovers.

There was just under six minutes left in the second quarter when the Flyers punted near midfield, but FHS' Emmanuel Fields misplayed the punt and Franklin County's Brad King recovered it on the Panther 11.

On third down, quarterback Kaelin Ammons hit Shane McDonald with an 11-yard touchdown pass. The conversion failed, leaving the score 6-0 in favor of FCHS.

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