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The Berea Community coaching staff saw plenty of positive things when they went back and looked at the film from last week's loss on the road to district rival Eminence.

There were also some negatives.

"Tackling was the main reason we got down so quick," Berea coach Frank Parks Jr., said. "We just weren't able to tackle, even though we had put a lot of emphasis on that throughout the week."

The Warriors took advantage of that lack of defensive execution, jumping out to a 20-point lead, which they used to secure a 47-28 victory. The Pirates (3-5, 0-2 district) scored four second-half touchdowns, but were never able to get back in the game.

It was the 28th-straight district loss for Berea Community.

The Pirates will look to snap that steak on Friday at home against Frankfort (5-3, 1-1) on Senior Night at Duerson Stadium.

Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

"We've got a tough task ahead," Parks said. "It's like I told our players, this is a district where anyone can beat anyone, but you can also get blown out if you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing. We need to shore up our tackling."

Berea's running back were able to break plenty of tackles against Eminence.

The Pirates rushed for 340 yards on 45 attempts. Senior Jaiden Cunningham had 171 yards on the ground with two touchdowns, while Yamil Cruz had 162 yards a one touchdown. Quarterback Jayson Coburn also rushed for a score.

On the season, Berea has 1,048 rushing yards — 611 by Cunningham.

"All year long, our offensive line has improved," Parks said. "We have two good backs. We went into the game knowing we would have a great opportunity to run the ball. We moved the ball all night on the ground."

The Pirates will look to keep the ball on the ground against Frankfort.

Parks, though, knows his team has to get yards through the air as well. Berea has 555 yards passing this season with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

Last week, Coburn was 7-of-24 passing for 24 yards and one interception.

"This district is tough and you can't be one-dimensional," Parks said. "You've got to be able to push the defenses back and get wide a little bit."

Frankfort has shown the ability to do both this season.

Quarterback Sam Davis has 1,235 yards passing, with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Azeno Williams and Jaden Morgan both have eight rushing TDs.

"Tackling is the key because they have two really good backs. We need to be able to stop the run," Parks said.

Frankfort defeated Eminence, 53-14, two weeks ago, then fell at home to Kentucky Country Day last Friday.

Berea, Eminence and Frankfort could all hypothetically end up in a three-way tie for second place in the district standings. That would set up a complex tiebreaker to determine playoff seedings.

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