Panthers do what's expected with 54-32 win

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

The outcome was expected, but the way the game went was something of a surprise.

Frankfort High's football team defeated Trimble County 54-32 Friday night at Sower Football Field, giving the Panthers an 8-2 record and second place in Class A Region 2, District 4.

FHS will host Fort Knox this Friday in the first round of the playoffs.

The Raiders came into Friday's game looking for their first win of the season and stayed right with Frankfort for more than three quarters. It wasn't until the Panthers scored three touchdowns in a span of two minutes during the fourth quarter that they finally put the game away.

"I think it was good to be tested a little bit," FHS coach Craig Foley said. "Now we can come back and refocus on playing football the way we need to play.

"I think our kids were a little flat," he added. "I say that week after week, so obviously I'm not doing a good job of getting the kids fired up to play, but give them credit. They came out and played well, and they gave us all we wanted, if not more."

It looked as if Frankfort would take control of this game early. The Panthers took the opening kickoff and started a 65-yard drive that ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Andrew "Scrappy" Carter. Ramie's Hutchison's point-after kick made the score 7-0 just 2 1/2 minutes into the game.

Trimble responded in its first series, scoring on a 13-yard run by quarterback Paul Deese with 6:05 left in the first quarter. Miguel Maldonado kicked the extra point to tie the game at 7-all.

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