Frankfort High's football team is about to start its third season, and it's something the senior Panthers have been looking forward to their entire high school careers.
FHS hosts Fort Knox Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the first round of the Class A state playoffs at Sower Football Field.
"Coach (Craig) Foley came in this summer, and he has this philosophy of three seasons," senior Andrew "Scrappy" Carter said. "The first season is your non-district games, the second season is your district games, and the third season is the playoffs. He's talked all year about getting to the third season. It makes it all that much sweeter that we've never been before. It makes the opportunity special."
The last time Frankfort made the playoffs was 1999, when this year's seniors were eighth graders. A year ago the Panthers got out to a 5-0 start, only to lose their last five games and miss the playoffs.
"A lot of us have been playing football forever," senior Josh Clark said. "I just think we cared more. We had a group that cared about their senior year and wanted to do something with it. Not only the seniors, the juniors played a big part. They cared a lot, too.
"I was expecting a winning season," he added. "I'd like to have gone 10-0, but one thing we've really worked for is making the playoffs because we've never been there."
The Panthers have gone 8-2 this season with their only losses to Newport and Danville. The loss to Danville meant the Admirals won the district championship with FHS finishing second. The Panthers had to finish in the top two of the district to host a first-round playoff game.
"I'm really excited," senior Brandon Cox said. "None of us have ever been to the playoffs. It's something new for us, and I'm looking forward to it. We wanted to host a playoff game. Now we'll have to update and raise our goals."
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