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LEWIS | Fern Creek still rising and aiming at a state title appearance

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – When Joshua Abell took over the Fern Creek Tigers football program in 2014, the team was four years removed from a playoff win. Fast forward now to 2017, and Abell and the Tigers are aiming for another playoff run. They’ve reached the semifinals in back-to-back seasons, only to be knocked out in both years by the Bowling Green Purples.

“We don’t talk about Bowling Green. It’s just a known fact that you’ve got to go beat them. We work every day to get to that level again so we can win it all,” said senior linebacker Armon Wells.

Wells is one of more than two dozen seniors on this year’s Fern Creek roster.

“I’m really excited about the senior class,” Abell said. “My first year as a head coach, they were freshmen. We’ve added a couple and lost a couple, but the nucleus of these 24-25 guys have been here.”

Abell was 7-4 in his first year with a playoff win, then followed that up with a 12-2 season in 2015 and an 11-3 mark last year.

Abell says the key this year is rebuilding his offense.

“We’re replacing about 80 percent of the offense from last year,” Abell says. “We’re very inexperienced at two very key positions:  quarterback and running back.”

The new look Tigers take the home field against Seneca to open the season August 18th.

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