Frankfort High faces a familiar foe in an unfamiliar situation Friday at Sower Football Field.
The Panthers (8-2) host Fort Knox (5-5) in the first round of the Class A state playoffs at 7:30 p.m. It's Frankfort's first playoff appearance since 1999.
The two teams met last year when they were in the same district with the Eagles beating FHS 47-14 at Fort Knox.
This year Fort Knox finished third in its district behind Louisville Holy Cross and Bethlehem. Holy Cross is 10-0 and ranked third in the state in Class A, and Bethlehem is 9-1 and ranked eighth.
"They play in a pretty tough district," FHS coach Craig Foley said. "They're big. They have a couple of 300-pound kids on the front line. They play hard, they run hard. They don't do anything fancy, and it's up to us to stop them.
"The kids are pretty fired up, and the atmosphere is picking up," he added. "I don't think they realize if they get beat they're done. It hasn't sunk in yet, but that's good. They're loose, and that's better than being too tight."
Frankfort will have its full team available Friday night with the exception of Ephraim Fields (dislocated hip) and Phillip Sapp (broken hand).
Antoine Robinson, who's had two broken thumbs this season, had one cast removed this week, and Chris McGowan, who sat out Friday's game against Trimble County with a strained MCL, will be back Friday.
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