Frankfort's speed and experience are strengths this season
After back-to-back sub .500 seasons, the Frankfort Panthers got back on the positive side of the ledger going 7-5 in 2017. Here’s an even better part, Frankfort doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel this year.
“We are a year older,” says Craig Foley who enters his 15th season as head coach of the Panthers. “This team is very senior heavy this year. We’ve got plenty of experience.”
Linebacker Noah Forkner agrees. “Last year we had new guys playing new positions and we are starting to learn those positions better.”
This older team remembers how their season ended last year and they’re using that loss as fuel for the fire.
”I feel like since we got beat pretty bad in our last game we all know what that feels like,” says tackle Elijah Payne. “That’s going to make us work that much harder and be that much more focused.”
DaJuan Davis and Jevon Bush are returning to the Panthers. They accounted for more than 1300 receiving yards 29 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on defense.
Opponents know what Foley’s squad has returning. “It’s no secret were full of speed, so we’re trying and try to get on the perimeter and we’re going to try to wear people down in that kind of thing.”
The seniors are looking to get past Beechwood who took down Frankfort 47-7 in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs. Beechwood went on to win the whole thing.
Payne and the Panthers haven’t forgotten. “We all know it’s our last year here and we lost never been to the state championship so we’re hungry for that we know what defeat feels like.”