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Defense shines for Hornets in scrimmage

SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County excelled defensively in a scrimmage versus visiting Sheldon Clark on Friday night (Aug. 11). The Hornets hosted Sheldon Clark for a final tuneup prior to their highly-anticipated season opener versus East Carter.

"We played very well defensively," said Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs. "I'm happy with our effort on the defensive side of the ball. We forced a few turnovers and that is what I was wanting to see this year. Win the turnover battle." 

Combs wasn't as pleased with his offensive unit but did see a few bright spots.

"Offensively we struggled some but our passing game did okay," added Combs. "Logan Lovely made some great plays for us out wide. Brady Whitaker, Nolan Arnett and Matthew Watkins all played great at their positions as well. Our line struggled some but nothing that can't be fixed. I loved our energy coming out but we have to maintain that energy throughout the game and I feel like we got too relaxed when we went up two scores. But like I said, our problems are things that can be fixed and that's what we're going to try to do this week against a solid East Carter team." 

Magoffin County has shown improvement throughout the preseason. The Hornets will look to land in the win column at home versus East Carter later in the week (Friday, Aug. 18). 

Combs is headed into his second season as head coach of the Magoffin County football team. The Hornets opened preseason practice in July, shortly after the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period ended. 

Combs, a Breathitt County native, replaced Scotty McCoy as the Hornets' head coach in August of 2016.

In a previous coaching stint in 2014, Combs served as an assistant coach with the Hornets. In 2015, his first season as a head coach in Manchester, Combs guided Clay County to a 2-9 record and a berth in the Class 4A State Playoffs.

The offseason allowed Combs an opportunity to get even better acquainted with his players after taking over as head coach just prior to the Hornets' 2016 season opener.

Familiar opponents fill Magoffin County's 2017 schedule.

Magoffin County has home games scheduled versus East Carter, Harlan, Morgan County Knott County Central and Breathitt County.

The Hornets are slated to visit Lawrence County, East Ridge, Betsy Layne, Powell County and Estil County for other games. 




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