The Fort Campbell Falcons are district champions and remain undefeated after a 53-0 game against Owensboro Catholic Friday at Owensboro, Ky.
The victory marked the fourth shutout for the 2008 2A state champions in nine games.
“Our kids, obviously, played really well,” Head Coach Shawn Berner said. “They had a great week of preparation. They knew the district championship was on the line and I thought they really played dominant football. … I was very proud of the way we played.”
Berner complimented the defensive line players for ensuring the victory. The defensive players beat back 147 yards of total offense with only 21 yards rushing.
Fort Campbell’s offense managed 464 yards for the night.
“I thought our defense really stepped up to the challenge and played a great game,” Berner said. “Our special teams played well too. Overall, it was just a great game. It might have been one of the best games we’ve played all season.”
With only one regular season game left, the Falcons remain at the top of the 2A leader board with 499 scored to 60 points lost. Other 2A schools with undefeated seasons include Murray High School and Prestonsburg High School.
“It’s gone great,” Berner said of the season to date. “9-0 with a chance to be undefeated and go in the playoffs, that’s something that you know is special. So we’re going to work hard this week to try to be successful Friday night.”
Fort Campbell started with seven points in the first quarter, leaving Owensboro Catholic trailing.
The Falcons settled into a comfortable stride throughout the middle of the game, with 27 points in the second quarter and 13 points in the third.
Quarterback Antonio Andrews provided the power throughout the night, leading the game with three touchdowns of 33, 28 and 35 yards.
“We kind of started off slow, but after our first hit of the game … we just felt the feeling of the game,” Andrews said.
Darian Crank and Troy Turner chipped in with two touchdowns each. Crank scored the first and last points of the night on a 90-yard pass from Andrews and his own 78-yard run. Turner expanded the lead with runs of 35 and 5 yards.
Chris Allen caught Andrews’ 46-yard pass in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter added six points for the Falcons.
While Andrews helped guide the team’s success throughout the night, the senior remains humble about his role in the victory.
“[You] find open holes and when you find a second there, you’ve got to do what you can do,” he said, of how he scores points.
Andrews said the Falcons still need to work on sustaining their momentum throughout four quarters of play, something they have struggled to accomplish all season. However, he said the team is propelled forward by the way they work together.
“We’ve got a lot of selflessness,” Andrews said of the team’s philosophy.
The Falcons face the Hopkinsville High School Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fryar Stadium. Hopkinsville has a 3-6 record. Berner looks forward to wrapping up regular season play with the friendly rivalry.
“So this is kind of your one last chance to improve on whatever it is you need to improve on and play well going into the playoffs,” he said. “And plus, this is probably going to start to be a big rival game because it’s against [Hopkinsville], and they’re right up the street.”
Playoff action starts in two weeks, when Fort Campbell kicks off at home against Caldwell County.