Frankfort High Panthers this week enter district play against its longest and most important rival the Paris Greyhounds. These two teams have had physical intense football games for the last 50 years. This rivalry goes back to Frankfort very first game in 1913 when Paris defeat Frankfort 6-0. Many times over the last 101 years these two teams have met up to decide district and regional championships. This year will be no different. This year’s contest between these two old foes should decide the district crown and the #1 seed in the playoffs and possible Home field in the semi-finals if either team can put together a playoff run.

Frankfort returns from their longest road trip of the season as the played last week in Naples Florida. Coach Foley put together a great trip that the team should remember for a long time. But the trip came at a costly price; the Panthers lost another starter to a season ending injury. Frankfort this season has lost a pair of key starters to season ending injuries and another 4 guys have been out for several weeks. Though the Panthers are struggling to find depth they continue to find ways to compete. Coach Foley’s new motto has been next man up for the Panthers. There have been plenty of young guys on the field this season earning valuable minutes and experience. Foley hope that pays off in the longer run especially when some of the others start returning.

As the Panthers prepare this week what has been the focus of the Panthers as they prepare for district stretch of their schedule? Coach Foley insists the focus of his now very young team has been just basics. From proper alignment to base formations on both offense and defense. Foley says when you have had as many different starting lineups as we have had this season you really have to go back and re - teach because you are no longer coaching 4 year starters you are coaching some first year guys. What is Foley’s biggest concern of Friday night in Paris, the coach states the Paris rushing attack. They have 3 or 4 kids that can break it at any time.

Player Spot Light
This week’s player spot light is senior Isaiah Jackson. Isaiah known to his teammates as Zeke has been a main stay on the Panthers defense. He is a 4 year starter and has played the flank position (OLB). He is third on the team in tackles and second on the team in solo tackles. Zeke is the team leader is sacks this season. Zeke is the emotional leader of the Panther defense. He is very good at turning up pressure when the Panthers need a big stop. His plans after high school is to play college football but not yet decided on where that may be. He is being recruited by several NAIA schools in Kentucky.

District overview
1. Paris 5-1 0-0
2. Frankfort 4-2 0-0
3. Bracken Co. 0-6 0-0
4. Eminecnce 0-6 0-0

This week starts district play:

Bracken Co. at Eminence – both teams are winless this season. Someone will get their first district win of the season and a district win. After Friday one of these teams will be tied for the lead at the top of the district standings.

Prediction: Bracken Co. wins 22-16

Frankfort at Paris – Both teams have high hopes of winning the district title but only one will do it. Can the Panthers find enough fire power to outscore the Greyhounds? Or will this be the year the Greyhounds take the crown?

Prediction: n/a