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by Mari-Alice Jasper Courier staff

Fort Campbell Courier
Fort Campbell | October 26, 2016

Hundreds of people sporting their Fort Campbell Falcons blue and white apparel stood in line Friday to buy tickets to Fort Campbell High School’s homecoming game against the Caldwell County Tigers at Fryar Stadium.

Although FCHS lost the game 38-0, students in the Falcons’ Nest rallied together alongside the FCHS cheerleaders and pep band to cheer their classmates on through to the very end.

FCHS Head Football Coach Josh McKillip said the team started the first half of the game with some nice plays and strategy, but penalties and turnovers caused the team to suffer.

“You never want to learn the hard lesson that comes from losing, but there are a lot of hard lessons that come with it,” McKillip said. “At this point in time I’m pretty proud of my kids. They have had some rough things go against them and of course they have done a lot of things to hurt themselves.”

The Caldwell County Tigers scored their first touchdown eight minutes into the first quarter of the game. By halftime they had scored three more touchdowns. At the top of the fourth quarter, a mercy-ruling per Kentucky High School Athletic Association procedure was issued, meaning the clock would continuously run throughout the remainder of the game unless a timeout was called.

McKillip said the team struggled to control the turnovers throughout the game.

“Offensively, it comes down to turnovers. You can’t give the other team extra positions with the football. We turned the ball over way too many times tonight,” he said. “We made a lot of bad decision especially from the quarterback position.”

Despite the team’s struggles, McKillip said he also saw several good things out on the field.

“We blocked well in the first half,” he said. “We executed some things we had worked on, but we just couldn’t finished the drives. Most of that was caused by penalties or turnovers and that’s something that has plagued us all season long.”

McKillip said the team has been working on these issues in practice all season.

“We work on these things in practice, but eventually [the players] have to cut those mistakes down because you can’t win games against good football teams making penalties, turnovers and bad decisions.”

Junior Dayton Keeling plays many different positions on the football team including defensive end, tight end, tackle and nose guard. He said although he is disappointed with the results from the game, he is still proud of his team.

“It was definitely rough,” Keeling said. “I don’t really have any words. I came out here expecting us to do way better than we did. We had a great week of practices. I just expected a way better game and way more points on the board on our end.”

Keeling said he remained positive throughout the game and gave 100 percent on every play.

“You can never hold your head down,” he said. “There was no point in the game where I felt like we were out of this. There were points in the game where I was like ‘Come on man, this is getting ridiculous,’ but it is what it is.”

Cheerleader Brianna Dean, senior, said she is happy to be cheering for the FCHS team and is proud of what they have accomplished so far.

“It’s exciting to be able to cheer for our team,” she said. “They work hard even though sometimes they don’t win. They have improved a lot during the season. They finally came together as a team.”

Dean said it is important for the players to know they have a support system that will always be there for them, win or lose.

“I want to tell them to keep up the hard work,” she said. “We are always going to be here to support them, give them gifts and tell them are doing a good job.”

Fort Campbell High School will travel to Paducah Tilghman for a game at 7 p.m. Friday. Their next home game will be against Madisonville North Hopkins at 7 p.m. Oct. 28.

McKillip said he is glad to see that his teammates are sticking together and working daily to improve during practices.

“Hopefully [the players] will continue to mature and grow,” McKillip said. “Hopefully they will be able to see the good things that they do and learn from the bad things.”


Senior King: David Nikolao

Senior Queen: Morgan Bujnowski

Junior Prince: Gavin Sylvia

Junior Princess: Tatiyana Doyle

Sophomore Lord: Qu’Darius Clayton

Sophomore Lady: Braylyn Wilson

Freshman Duke: Rafael Cerritos

Freshman Duchess: Noah Ellison

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