It’s no secret that the Fort Knox football program has struggled in many areas.
One of those is keeping positive momentum going from week to week.
The Eagles have that chance this week.
“I think we just need to stay in our routine and hopefully stay in rhythm with what we have been working on,” second-year coach Wes Arnold said. “Of course, the school calendar throws a wrench into that this week.”
“We have a weird fall break this year,” Arnold said. “We off Thursday and Friday and next Monday and Tuesday. I try to keep our bye week during this time, but we had to move our schedule around last spring when Trimble County dropped out of varsity play and we had to find another game.
“Luckily the core of our team will be here throughout the week. We do have a few players leaving, and that is frustrating, but that is always one of the many challenges we face here.”
The on-field challenge will come from Seneca.
The Friday kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
“Seneca is a much improved team,” Arnold said. “They have had number issues, but not this year.”
The Redhawks have a 54-player roster listed on the KHSAA website.
“Their new coach (Keith Eckloff) has brought in a lot of excitement and they have been very competitive in most of their games,” Arnold said.
Seneca (1-5) has two quarterbacks in Kolby Richardson (26-for-67 for 460 yards, seven interceptions and one touchdown) and Delshawn Simms (22-for-49-391-3-4).
Success Goeso leads the running game with 44 carries for 282 yards and five scores. He is followed by Simms (31-170-2) and Phasohn Sire (14-107-2), who has also had time at quarterback.
Byron Cox is the main receiving target with 24 catches for 484 yards and three scores. Marcel Riley has seven receptions for 213 yards and two scores.
Seneca’s defense has forced 18 turnovers.
“They have some tremendous athletes that we will have to contain, especially No. 3 (Sire) when he comes in at QB,” Arnold said.
The key for Fort Knox, according to Arnold, it to stop giving the ball away and the coach said that will lead to being more consistent on offense.
“First off, we have to stop turning the ball over,” he said. “We fumbled too many times last week, including one when we were going into to score that ended up keeping them in the game.
“Secondly, we have to keep improving our red zone offense. When you get in the red zone it condenses everything and we, right now, don’t have a that mentality to finish drives especially up front.”
Quarterback Trey Rowsey is 39-for-72 for 657 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. His favorite targets are Sidney Gradney (15-351-4), Kyle Wiesman (7-112-0) and Julian Slocum (6-71-0).
Xzavian Salter-Zanders (38-197-0), Deondre Sparrow (26-177-0) and Chase Bellamy (31-108-4) lead the ground game.
The Eagles average 240 yards of offense per game.
Tanner Bellamy is a force on defense with 41 tackles, 10 for loss and six sacks. Gradney has 38 tackles and Chase Bellamy 32.