OWENTON - Lethargic: one word to describe the Frankfort Panther's first half effort Friday night against Owen County.
That was before the Panthers woke up and shut down the Rebels' upset hopes 34-13.
"We needed that first half," said Frankfort coach Craig Foley. "We had an awful week of practice and I knew we could come in flat. I think after beating Harrodsburg (last week) some of our kids thought they had done all they needed to do, but Owen County was hungry and gave us all we wanted in the first half."
The Rebels took an early lead on an impressive 46-yard field goal by junior Chasse Clark, who connected on a 52-yarder earlier this year. Early in the second quarter, Clark booted a 30-yarder through to give the home team a short-lived 6-0 lead.
"He's a real weapon," Foley said of Clark. "He's a soccer player, too, and he's a very good kicker."
The Panthers, who fumbled on consecutive possessions in the first half, finally took the lead on a 70-yard interception return by Chris McGowan and an extra-point kick by Ramie Hutchison.
McGowan also intercepted a fourth-quarter pass and returned it to the Owen County 2-yard line, setting up a touchdown by fullback Andrew "Scrappy" Carter.
Frankfort, now 6-1 and ranked 11th in Class A, extended its lead late in the third quarter when quarterback Brenton McNear found McGowan over the middle for a 26-yard strike. Hutchison then kicked his second of four point-after kicks.
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