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Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
Eagles quarterback Isaiah Morrison (7) takes the snap early in first quarter of the Fort Knox Middle High School season opener Aug. 19, 2022, against the Shawnee Golden Eagles. Fort Knox won the game 8-6 in a defensive matchup between the two teams. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

At the end of any given football season, that’s often the standard by which teams are judged. By all accounts this season, the Fort Knox Eagles football team may be on the right track to stand up to such scrutiny, according to Eagles head coach Wes Arnold.

“We have a lot of good skill,” said Arnold. “I start four seniors on the offense and defense lines. That’s where you win a lot of games is up front, so I’m very excited about that.”

Arnold said not only does this year’s team boast the largest number of seniors, it also fields the largest number of players in recent memory: 48. As well, many of the players have been weight training since January to prepare for the season.

“I think that’s our strength this year. We’re a very physical team,” said Arnold. “Not only do we have the biggest team in numbers, this is definitely the strongest team I’ve had. It’s all there this year.”

Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – HRC Commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Drew (center) and Command Sgt. Maj. Anthony McAdoo, take a few moments prior to the start of the game to encourage the Eagles. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – As part of what has become part of the tradition of the start of a game, Directorate of Emergency Services police officers and firefighters led the procession of Eagles football players to the field. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – HRC Commander Maj. Gen. Thomas Drew tosses his command coin to start the matchup between Shawnee and Fort Knox. Shawnee won the coin toss but deferred to Fort Knox to gain field advantage. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

Their strength paid off against a stubborn Shawnee in their Aug. 19 season opener, which was also their Senior Night, filled with fanfare and celebration.

Fort Knox lost the coin toss, but capitalized on it after shutting down Shawnee’s hard hitting running game to put points on the board early in the first quarter from a breakaway sideline run by Josh Carlson.

The failed extra point conversion led to an eventual equalizer by Shawnee midway in the third quarter.

Deep in the fourth quarter, a solid Eagles drive to Shawnee’s endzone looked promising for at least an additional six points until they were stopped cold on a fourth-down play at the 5-yard line.

The Eagles defense dug their heels in and pushed Shawnee back to the 1-yard line before Alsadra Wilson capitalized on a run to capture Shawnee in their own endzone for the 2-point safety.

Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Eagles running back Dom Davis (5) takes the ball from Morrison (7) for some yardage up the middle. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – The Fort Knox Middle High School JROTC Honor Guard wait for the start of the game at Fort Knox’s McAdams Field. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Leaders and fans alike rendered honors to the U.S. flag during the national anthem. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Eagles seized enough first downs afterward to be run out the clock; the final was 8-6.

“We had a lot of mental mistakes out there. The kids know what to do, but it was just a weird night I guess,” said Arnold. “It’s one of those that you look at it and go, ‘a win is a win.’ The record book says we’re 1 and 0, and that’s what matters.”

Arnold said while he’s not focusing any further ahead in the season than the next game – against Sayre Aug. 26 – he has taken some notice of their Army rival Fort Campbell when they will face off at the annual Army Bowl Sept. 16.

The Eagles have held onto the trophy for the past two games against the Falcons. This year’s game will be played at Fort Campbell.

“They have a new coach who is celebrated,” said Arnold. “They also won their game Friday night, so I expect it to be a battle.”

Fort Knox Eagles kick off 2022 football season with big win
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