DANVILLE - It was a night the Frankfort High football team will soon want to forget.
The Panthers, ranked eighth in Class A, had the difficult task Friday night of facing top-ranked Danville on the Admirals' senior night and right after coach Sam Harp had criticized his defense to the local press.
But that defense came up big, forcing eight Frankfort turnovers and a blocked punt as the Admirals won 68-8.
The win clinches the district title for Danville, now 8-1, 4-0.
However, all is not lost for the Panthers (7-2, 3-1), who can guarantee a home playoff game with a victory over winless Trimble County this Friday night in the regular season finale.
"That's what we've got to do," Frankfort High coach Craig Foley said. "We've got to get ready for Trimble and ready for the playoffs. Regardless of how bad this looks tonight, if we beat Trimble, we'll host a playoff game so we can't let this get to us."
Harp, who has led the Admirals to six of their nine state titles, agreed that Frankfort needs to simply forget about this game.
"They need to put this behind them as fast as they can," Harp said. "Maybe take the game tape and stomp on it before they get on the bus. One good thing for them is they still have another game before the playoffs and they can get this taste out of their mouth."
For more on this story, see today's State Journal.