By Nondice Thurman, The Fort Campbell CourierNovember 4, 2011
(FORT CAMPBELL, KY, Nov. 3, 2011)--Fort Campbell High School took on Hopkinsville High School in their final home game of the regular season Friday night. Despite their best efforts, the ambush of Tigers was unable to bring down the Falcons. The Falcons won 62-0.
"I think they played awesome, I really do," said Shawn Berner, Fort Campbell head coach. "They've worked so hard this week. We've talked about things we needed to fix and to try to get ready not only for this game, but for the post season. They did a good job this week."
The players were also pleased with how they did during the game, which in addition to the last home game of the season, was also the school's homecoming game.
"I did what I could to help out my team," said Marcus Pratt, senior. "We did really well all the way around. It was a good game."
Pratt was among those who scored touchdowns for the team. Their first was less than two minutes into the first quarter. They ended the quarter with a score of 21-0.
With 4:17 left in the second quarter, the Falcons triggered the running clock when they scored their seventh touchdown bringing the score to 49-0.
They went on to score two more times in the 3rd quarter and barely missed scoring the extra point for one, going into the fourth quarter and ending the game with a score of 62-0.
"Another shut out," said Berner to his team as they gathered on the field after the game. "Great job guys."
"I feel good," said Pratt about the win. "We needed this so we can have good momentum going into the playoffs so we can be successful."
"The past few weeks it's been nothing but team, team, team," said Chance VonDette, senior. "We've truly been motivated each game and it's going to take us far."
The win marked Berner's 100th victory as the head coach at Fort Campbell. The other coaches decided to mark the occasion by giving Berner the game ball.
"It's….good," said a visibly emotional Berner when asked what it meant to have his 100th victory as head coach be a home game.
The team is proud of how they have done and is looking forward to upcoming District play.
"I think we did really good," said VonDette. "The competition we've played, it's kind of been a real eye opener of what we can do. We're going to make a good run in the playoffs. We're just going to take it one game at a time and see where it goes -- just go as far as we can, all the way to state."
The Falcons (6-4) will take on South Warren (4-6) at home Friday at 7 p.m. at Fryar Stadium for their first District playoff game. The team's goal is to play the entire five weeks and make it all the way to the state championship, but for now they are just taking it one opponent at a time.
"It's one week at a time," said Berner. "We're not really looking past each game that we're going to play. There [are] scenarios down the road, but we're not really focused on any scenarios. We've got to be successful each week."