The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | September 19, 2013
D'Andre Mitchell may have a new pre-game meal.Mitchell ate pasta on the eve of the Fort Knox Eagles matchup with the Shawnee Golden Eagles because his mom thought it would make him play better. Mom must know best. Fort Knox (1-3) got their first win of the season Friday in their Class 2-A, District 4 opener, defeating Shawnee (2-2) 34-21. The win was cemented by a 53-yard touchdown run by Mitchell in the fourth quarter.
"We played fast and we played hard," Mitchell said, who finished with 82 yards on five carries. "Other people said we can't beat them. We proved them wrong and came out on top."The game was tied at 15 after the end of the third quarter before Fort Knox exploded for three touchdowns in the final 12 minutes. Freshman Deonza Irving scored on an 11-yard run to put the Eagles up for good with 11:42 in the fourth quarter, and Mitchell broke through for his long touchdown run with just over seven minutes remaining, giving Fort Knox a two possession lead.Shawnee kept it interesting late, cutting the deficit to 28-21 thanks to a seven-yard run by Patrick Gatson with 5:39 left. The Eagles answered on their next drive however, punctuated by a nine-yard run by sophomore Cameron Pelligrino for the game's final score.
"They overcame adversity," Fort Knox head coach Brandon Combs said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a few times and instead of hanging our heads we kept pushing and pushing. That was huge for us."Fort Knox powered through Shawnee for 349 rushing yards, led by Irving's 134 yards and two touchdowns. Junior Eli Escoffery added 103 yards and a touchdown, while Pelligrino contributed 53 yards and a score.The win snaps a 12 game losing streak for the Eagles dating back to last season, with the last victory coming against Hart County on Aug. 24, 2012. The 34 points are the most the Eagles have scored since putting 40 on the board against Shawnee in 2011.
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