The Frankfort High football team used a little bit of luck and pulled out some old tricks Friday night against the fifth-ranked Harrodsburg Pioneers.
The result? A 16-13 upset over the previously unbeaten Pioneers at Sower Football Field that inched the Panthers to their goal of home-field advantage in the playoffs.
Frankfort (5-1, 1-0) used a running-back-by-committee style against the Pioneers to slow the game down and maintain possession of the ball, but it was the Panthers' passing game that ultimately led them to victory.
FHS quarterback Brenton McNear had only completed one pass for 49 yards prior to the team's last possession of the game. But wide receiver Chris McGowan hauled in an 18-yard TD catch with only 1:08 left in the fourth quarter to help the Panthers to victory and make amends for a sure-fire TD catch he dropped in the first quarter.
"I'm kind of in disbelief right now," FHS coach Craig Foley said. "Nobody picked us to win tonight ... but we came out and played team ball and we came out on top."
The win erases the Panthers' anger after their 34-24 homecoming loss to Newport two weeks ago and renews confidence in their little-used passing game, senior running back Emmanuel Fields said.
"I don't think we've ever passed the ball as good as we did tonight," Fields said. "It just shows we did what we had to do when we had to do it."
Running backs Fields and Alonzo Tillman, along with fullback Andrew Carter, ran the ball effectively, and McNear got into the action eluding defenders on several QB sneaks. The foursome combined for 209 yards on 36 carries.
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