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Raiders preparing to visit Fort Knox

By: Steve LeMaster

The McCreary Central Raiders will look to strike gold in the form of a win in Fort Knox later in the week. McCreary Central is slated to visit Fort Knox for an early-season high school football game on Friday night.

Fort Knox is 0-3 following losses to Clinton County, Todd County Central and Eminence,. Through three games, opponents have outscored the Eagles 130-38.

Running back Kaylon Luster is leading Fort Knox in rushing. Luster has rushed 57 times for 291 yards and three touchdowns in three games.

Quarterback Maleeq Walters ranks second in rushing for Fort Knox. Walters has rushed 27 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns. Walters has struggled through the air, completing only 4-of-20 passes for 67 yards and one touchdown while throwing three interceptions. Zach Loiselle, Walters’ top target, has hauled in a touchdown pass for the Eagles.

Defensively, Loiselle leads Fort Knox with a team-high 15 tackles. Hector Villalpando has produced 14 tackles for the Eagles.

Fort Knox is under the guidance of head coach Samuel Wilson. The Eagles compete in Class 1A, District 2, along with Caverna, Campbellsville and Bethlehem.

The Raiders defeated Fort Knox last year by a score of 47-8.

McCreary Central is 0-2 after suffering losses to Perry County Central and South Laurel. The Raiders fell to Perry County Central in four overtimes then suffered a lopsided loss to South Laurel one week later.

Brandon Troxell and Hunter Jones continue to lead the Raiders offensively. On the defensive side, Andrew Renfro (17 tackles) and Kade Cotton (16 tackles) pace McCreary Central.

The Raiders and Eagles don’t share any common opponents.

Following Friday night’s matchup, McCreary Central has regular-season games remaining versus Paul Laurence Dunbar, Bell County, Corbin, Casey County, Jackson County and Lynn Camp.

Kickoff for the McCreary Central-Fort Knox football game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Last week’s game against Clinton County was cancelled due to field conditions. No make-up date has been scheduled.

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