The start wasn't great for Frankfort High's football team Friday night, but the rest of the game was.
FHS rolled past Fort Knox 56-0 at Sower Football Field, putting the Panthers in the second round of the Class A state playoffs. They'll play at Louisville Holy Cross this coming Friday after Holy Cross beat Harrodsburg 53-13 in the first round.
In the opening minutes at Sower Football Field Friday, the Panthers fumbled the ball away on the opening kickoff, and they also had a penalty that put the ball on the FHS 10-yard line.
On the play right after the penalty, the Eagles fumbled the ball. FHS senior Chris McGowan took the ball and went 91 yards for a touchdown with 9:54 left in the first quarter.
The rout was on.
"That got the momentum swung back for us," FHS coach Craig Foley said.
"It took one bounce and bounced right in my hands," McGowan said of the fumbled ball. "I thought I'd get tackled, but evidently they weren't close enough, so I took it and ran. I got tired about halfway there."
Just about everything went right for the Panthers after that. They led 14-0 after the first quarter, 28-0 at halftime, and 42-0 after three quarters while keeping Fort Knox at bay.
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