Friday's football games could impact playoffs

By ALEX WILLIAMS and SUSAN RIDDELL State Journal S Published:

Big games are on tap this weekend for the local football teams as Frankfort and Franklin County hit the road with playoff implications hanging on the outcomes.

Western Hills is the only team playing in town Friday night as the Wolverines host one of the state's top teams in Lexington Catholic.

Here's a look at the matchups.

No. 8 Frankfort (7-1, 3-0)

at No. 1 Danville (7-1, 3-0)

Frankfort High football coach Craig Foley takes his team into tradition-rich territory Friday night when the Panthers will take on the Danville Admirals.

But the Panthers hope to do more than just stand in awe of the state's top-ranked Class A school with the district title on the line. Both schools are undefeated in district play.

"We've been talking to the kids about winning this game," Foley said. "We've been very up front with them. We've told them this is the best team we'll face this year.

"It's going to be a big challenge for us, but it'll be a good measuring stick for us."

If Frankfort's going to stay with the Admirals, owners of nine state championships, the Panthers will have to shut down the potent 1-2 punch of running backs Charles Penix and Kelvin Turner. Penix has scored a team-high 15 touchdowns for the Ads while Turner went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season in last week's 49-8 win over Trimble County.

Foley likens both backs to Harrodsburg star Mark Dunn, who needs just 25 yards this week to surpass 5,000 for his career.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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