Flyers, Western Hills to clash Friday night

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The last of the local rivalry series takes place Friday when Western Hills' football team travels to Benny Watkins Field for a showdown with Franklin County.

Frankfort High hosts Carroll County Friday at Sower Football Field in a district matchup that features two teams with just one loss each.

Both games kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Western Hills (2-5, 1-3)

at Franklin Co. (4-3, 2-2)

Besides being a big cross-town rivalry, Friday's game also looms large in the playoff picture.

"They all do at this point," FCHS Donny Walker said. "We're ranked fourth or fifth in the region and third or fourth in the district right now. From here on out, they all have implications."

Both teams are coming off district road losses - the Flyers lost 45-12 at East Jessamine, and WHHS fell 37-13 at Harrison County.

"The kids were more disappointed," Walker said, "finding out when they were in the game that they could play with a top 25 team. We came out and played a little tentative at the beginning. We had three quick turnovers that resulted in 17 points. We dug a hole we couldn't dig out of.

"We gave a good effort trying to dig out of it," he added. "I'm pretty pleased the kids took it that way. They were sincerely disappointed with the way it turned out. The East Jessamine coach complimented us on our kids' play and the way the program seems to be going. It made the kids feel good to realize other people in the district recognize their hard work."

WHHS coach Scott Mooney was disappointed in last week's game, and getting ready for Friday's game has been tough because of injuries.

"We've got a lot of people hurt," Mooney said. "We're beat up, injured, and we have some people who won't be playing." Just exactly who those players are wasn't known Wednesday afternoon, but Mooney does expect injuries to keep some players out of action Friday.

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