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Fort Knox beats Fort Campbell for first time since 2002

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Fort Knox | September 23, 2019

The streak is over.

Fort Knox ended a 16-year losing skid to Fort Campbell and captured its first Army Bowl since 2002, 19-10 on the road Friday evening.

And, if you’re going to win, you might as well make it exciting.

 

The Eagles did such a thing.

Fort Knox scored with a minute to go for a 13-10 lead.

The PAT was missed and then the kickoff was flubbed, giving Fort Campbell the ball at midfield with all three timeouts.

The Falcons drove to the 20-yard line and attempted a game-tying field goal.

It was blocked.

Fort Knox sophomore Julian Slocum picked up the ball and raced 80 yards to the house as time expired.

“I’d probably pick this one, because of how much it means to the program, the community and everyone involved,” second-year coach Wes Arnold said when asked which win meant more to him, his first as a head coach or this one. “It’s a special win.”

And a long time coming.

Since that 28-0 Fort Knox victory on Sept. 27, 2002, the Falcons have outscored the Eagles, 596-122 and only one contest — 28-26 in 2010 — finished as a one-score game.

Fort Campbell outscored Fort Knox, 182-0 from 2007-09.

This win makes walking through his front door at 3:30 a.m. and getting up a few hours later for a youth soccer game well worth it for Arnold.

“I’m so proud our team and their effort all night,” Arnold said. “The defense was outstanding all night. Defensive coordinator Andrae Rogers had a great game plan and the players executed it to perfection.”

Fort Campbell ran the ball 23 times for 113 yards.

The Eagles, down 10-7, faced a second-and-18 and quarterback Trey Rowsey hit Kyle Wiesman for a 30-yard gain. A 15-yard Falcons penalty gave the Eagles a first down at the 12.

Fort Knox faced a fourth-and-three from the 5 and chose to go for it.

Rowsey tossed it to Chase Bellamy, who raced to the corner of the end zone for he go-ahead score.

“When we had the 4th and goal I asked the kids, ‘Do we go for the win?’ They looked at me and said, ‘Heck yeah,’” Arnold said. “I looked at Chase and said, ‘Go win us the game.’ He beat three defenders and scored. I knew he would get in.”

Fort Knox senior Sidney Gradney blocked the field goal.

“Our senior leaders led us all night,” Arnold said. “Trey had an amazing night. I am not sure the last time Fort Knox passed for over 200 yards but he was great out there and led us to victory.

“This streak has been a dark cloud over our program and we have been through a lot this season already. When that kicked was blocked it set off a wild and amazing celebration. The joy on our kids’ faces on the field and in the locker room was a moment that I wish would never end.”

Gradney finished with five catches for 79 yards. Wiesman had five for 85 yards and Jayden Thorpe two for 55 yards.

Tanner Bellamy totaled 13 tackesl, seven for loss and five sacks. Chase Bellamy had eight tackles. Deondre Sparrow and Gradney added six tackles each.

Chase Bellamy scored Fort Knox’ first touchdown when he fell on a fumble in the end zone.


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