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FOOTBALL: Tigers 6-0 after whipping Fort Knox, 40-0

November 28, 2012
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FOOTBALL: Tigers 6-0 after whipping Fort Knox, 40-0

Showdown with CAL next week

By Josh Claywell

Behind a balanced attack on offense, the Bardstown Tigers rolled to another lop-sided win over a Class 2A District 4 foe Friday night.

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Bardstown’s Andre Woodson splits a pair of Fort Knox players during a first-half punt return.
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Sophomore quarterback Keano Young completed 7-of-10 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns and the Tigers finished with 187 rushing yards en route to a 40-0 win over the Fort Knox Eagles at Garnis Martin Field.

“They all did a good job of communicating,” Young said. “We worked a lot on throwing the ball this week in practice. We knew if they stopped our running game, we had something to fall back on.”

The Eagles, though, couldn’t keep up with the Tigers. Bardstown (6-0), ranked fifth in 2A in the latest Associated Press poll, raced out to a 22-0 lead in the first quarter and extended it to 32-0 at the half. Young rushed for a touchdown and threw scoring passes of 85 and 20 yards to senior wideout Marcus Cosby, junior Deion Tonge scored on a 10-yard run and sophomore kicker Trey Heiskell made a 28-yard field goal.

While he was pleased to see his team leading at the break, Bardstown coach David Clark said he was displeased with the amount of penalties the Tigers had in the first half. Bardstown committed 11 penalties for 80 yards, but 10 of them came before halftime.

“It was a lack of focus and a lack of discipline,” Clark said. “It’s something we’ve talked about all season. We didn’t have a good week of practice, and that showed out on the field tonight. It’s just mental preparation. We need to focus in practice and focus on the task at hand, and that’s something we’ll work on.”

Clark said that’s an area the Tigers must improve on this week in practice leading up to Friday’s game at Christian Academy of Louisville (4-2). The Centurions are coming off a 51-7 victory over Shawnee. The Tigers and Centurions both come in 2-0 in district play for a game that has huge playoff seeding implications.

“Next week’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Clark said. “We go to Christian Academy of Louisville and they have a really nice team. Last year they beat us in a similar situation. I don’t think motivation is going to be an issue, but it’s going to be a good test for us to be able to monitor the progress of our team.”

The game was slowed by several injuries to Fort Knox players. Two Eagles were taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital by ambulance in the first half, and two others were taken by their parents. Junior Antonio Copeland was injured while trying to make a catch in the first quarter, and junior Adam Kiphuth suffered a seizure on the field in the second period. Play was stopped more than 20 minutes both times as trainers, EMTs and coaches attended the players.

After Kiphuth left the game at the 4:35 mark of the second quarter, Clark and second-year Fort Knox coach Shawn Thompson agreed to play the rest of the game under a running clock. The Eagles played the second half with just 16 players on the sideline.

“It was a peculiar game,” Clark said. “They had two pretty serious injuries. I hope both kids are going to be OK. We’re really concerned about them. It definitely put an eerie feeling on this game.”

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