For 1.5 quarters the Eminence Warriors hung tough against the highly regarded Frankfort Panthers on Friday.
But a late second quarter scoring spree by Frankfort doomed to the Warriors to their worst defeat of the season. The final score was 70-14.
But with 2:43 left in the 2nd quarter Eminence trailed by 8 points at 22-14.
A series of turnovers allowed the Panthers to score 27 points in just 2:42 and at halftime, what had been a competitive game became a rout as Frankfort went into the locker room leading 49-14.
The Panthers came out after halftime and scored at 10:35 and 8:34 remaining in the third period to go ahead by 49 points and from there to get a running clock for the rest of the game. The Panthers added one more touchdown in the quarter to finish off the 56-point victory.
Coach Steve Frommeyer was disappointed with the way his team handled the adversity of the second quarter. “It was disappointing because for a portion of the game we laid down, which we haven’t done all season,” he said, “We let Frankfort intimidate us. It was 22-14 and then we had three consecutive turnovers on which they scored.
“We had mental breakdowns and unforced errors that didn’t have to happen. When a team is just better that’s one thing, but unforced errors and being intimidated is unacceptable.”
Frommeyer did find a silver lining to the defeat.
“There is a positive to everything,” he said. “The kids did play a really good first half. No district team had scored on them and we had 14 points. We moved the ball effectively early on. We had 260 yards of offense in what was effectively two-thirds of a game. Defensively we did not run to the ball and that was the intimidation factor. We’ve played good defense all year and when we have made mistakes, they have been aggressive mistakes. That was not the case in this game.”
The coach is choosing not to dwell on the heavy loss.
“We are going to learn from it and move forward,” he said. “We’ve got some great kids and they are going to learn from it. They will bounce back and play well this week and give us some momentum going into the playoffs.”
The Warriors finish the regular season at home to Clinton County on Friday night with a later start time than usual. The game will kick off at 8 p.m..