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Eagles fall to Russellville in playoffs first round

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By The News-Enterprise

Despite a strong finish in regular season play, the Fort Knox Eagles saw their post-season football hopes end in the first round of the Class 1-A playoffs Friday night against Russellville.

The Panthers led only 15-0 at halftime, but erupted for 20 more points in the third quarter en route to a 41-8 victory over the Eagles.

Senior Javaren Robey led the Russellville attack with 140 yards and three touchdowns on five carries.

Junior Jacob Naylor passed for 138 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Devin Quarles and junior Edward Barber each were on the receiving end of a touchdown.

After a scoreless first quarter, Naylor connected with Barber for a 49-yard touchdown with 8:05 left before halftime for a 7-0 lead.

Less than three minutes later, Barber scored on a 1-yard run to stretch the lead to 15-0 with 5:26 remaining in the first half.

Robey took over in
the third quarter with
scoring runs of 20, 66 and
28 yards, the last
coming with 1:55 left.

Naylor had a 30-yard scoring strike to Quarles 57 seconds into the fourth quarter to build a 41-0 lead.

Refusing to be shut out, Fort Knox senior Kaylon Luster scored on a 3-yard run with 3:24 left.

The Eagles generated 205 yards of total offense with 201 coming on the ground.

Fort Knox ended the season strong. Although finishing with a 3-8 mark, they accomplished those three wins at the end of regular season play in dynamic fashion.

Eric Pilgrim contributed to this report.