It was an ugly game but another big win for the Frankfort High football team.
The Panthers defeated crosstown rival Western Hills 13-7 Friday night at WHHS in a game dominated by turnovers and penalties.
"It was ugly," said FHS senior receiver/cornerback Chris McGowan of the game. "Ugly, ugly, ugly. But it was a win."
It was a win which also gave the Panthers a sweep of the county schools. FHS, ranked eighth in Class A, defeated Franklin County 22-14 last week and is now 4-0 overall.
"This feels real good because we've got bragging rights for now," said FHS junior Ephraim Fields. "Western Hills is a good team and this win will help us with the rest of our schedule as district play starts."
Western Hills falls to 1-2 with the loss, but the Wolverines won't be hanging their heads for long.
"This is a tough loss for our kids," said WHHS coach Scott Mooney. "It meant a lot to them and we kind of undersold just how much they were looking forward to it during the week. They really wanted a rivalry game with an in-town team and they wanted to win.
"I'm really hurting for our kids," Mooney added, "but we're going to get back to work and put this behind us."
Frankfort had to withstand a scary fourth quarter to come out with the win. The Panthers did so with the help of two big defensive plays coming from Fields and McGowan.
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