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FOOTBALL: Tigers can't look past 1-4 Eagles

November 28, 2012
Bardstown High School

FOOTBALL: Tigers can't look past 1-4 Eagles 

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor


Top-10 Bardstown is riding high at 5-0 and outscoring opponents by 25 points per game, while the Tigers’ opponent for Homecoming tonight, Fort Knox, is struggling at 1-4.

On paper, it’s a recipe for a blowout and a chance for the Tigers to do some preparation for their critical district game Oct. 5 at Christian Academy – Louisville. Bardstown coach David Clark won’t hear any of it, though.

“We don’t overlook any opponent,” Clark said. “We want to focus on the task at hand and take care of business.”

While the rankings — some of which have Bardstown as high as No. 3 in Class 2A — suggest Clark might be sandbagging a bit, his reservations are understandable. The memory is still fresh from 2009, when the Tigers went over to Fort Knox a bit more confident than they should have been, and the result was a 27-17 loss to the Eagles, who broke out of a four-year, 40-game losing streak with the win.

Some of the Tiger seniors were on the squad as freshmen for that embarrassing loss, including four-year starter Marcus Cosby, a standout wide receiver and defensive back. Clark said Cosby and the other seniors have embraced their leadership roles and cautioned younger teammates not to think too highly of themselves.

“They’ve done a really good job of keeping everyone focused,” he said.

Fort Knox is looking to even its district record after suffering a 49-13 loss to DeSales — the third of three District 4 teams in the top 10 — last week. The Eagles’ Brandon Franklin is a three-year starter at quarterback and is their biggest threat.

“He’s big and strong and runs the ball well,” said Clark, who feels as though Bardstown needs to keep Fort Knox’s athleticism in check.

Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. at Garnis Martin Field. Homecoming ceremonies will be held at halftime.

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