LOUISVILLE - Frankfort High's dream season came to an abrupt end Friday.
Holy Cross defeated the Panthers 52-14 in the second round of the Class A state football playoffs, ending FHS' season at 9-3. The Cougars, now 12-0, will host 11-1 Danville this coming Friday.
Last week Frankfort overcame an early lost fumble and went on to roll past Fort Knox 56-0, but on Friday it was the Cougars who took early control of the game.
"I don't think some of the kids stepped up to play," FHS coach Craig Foley said. "We were a little passive. Maybe the pressure got to them, that if they lose they're done. I don't know what it was."
The Cougars scored on their first three possessions. The first two came on runs of 32 yards by Todd Crumbacker and five yards by Marell Booker with Andrew Strange making both point-after kicks.
Right after Booker's touchdown, Frankfort's Alonzo Tillman went 69 yards for a TD on the final play of the first quarter. Ramie Hutchison kicked the extra point to make the score 14-7, but after taking the kickoff Holy Cross scored on its first play from scrimmage on a 65-yard run by Booker. Strange's kick was blocked, and the score was 20-7 with 11:44 left in the first half.
The Cougars were driving at the end of the first half and had first down with the ball at the FHS 6-yard line with about three minutes remaining.
Two penalties, a bad snap and one short running play forced Holy Cross to turn the ball over on downs at Frankfort's 10-yard line. The Panthers earned a first down but then lost the ball on a fumble that was recovered by Holy Cross at the FHS 23 with three-tenths of a second left on the clock.
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