HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Williams passes for over 1,000 yards
SALYERSVILLE - Senior Dillion Williams emerged as a leader early in the 2016 season and never faltered as he led the Magoffin County Hornets on the gridiron throughout his final prep campaign. Williams passed for 1,019 yards in Magoffin County’s latest football season.
One of the state’s most underrated high school football players, Williams completed 73 of 119 passes for 1,019 yards and seven touchdowns. The Magoffin County quarterback threw only two interceptions during his senior season.
In addition to pacing Magoffin County through the air, Williams led the Hornets in rushing. Williams rushed 166 times for 836 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Defensively, Williams, who continues to draw recruiting interest from several college football programs, registered a team-high 92 tackles. The productive Williams recorded a team-best 54 solo tackles.
Magoffin County’s offense was balanced in the recently-completed season. The Hornets passed for 1,225 yards. On the ground, the Hornets rushed for 1,222 yards.
Prior to suffering an injury off the field, Dalton Peters rushed 73 times for 310 yards and three touchdowns,. Peters ranked second in rushing for the Hornets.
Ryan Mullins aided Magoffin County’s aerial attack, completing 13 of 31 passes for 208 yards and one touchdown.
Brady Whitaker led the Hornets in receiving, hauling in 36 receptions for 713 yards and three touchdowns. Whitaker is among the area’s top receivers.
Nolan Arnett reeled in 11 receptions for 184 yards for the Hornets.
Another Magoffin County receiver, Dalton Peters, added 13 catches for 124 yards.
Mullins, Magoffin County’s most versatile player, managed to pass for a touchdown, rush for a score and haul in a scoring pass.
Peters finished as Magoffin County’s second-leading tackler, posting 71 tackles.
Mullins ended the season as The Hornets’ third-leading tackler, registering 68 tackles for the Hornets.
Magoffin County, under the direction of head coach Justin Combs, concluded the 2016 season 2-8. Under Combs’ direction, the Hornets notched wins over Betsy Layne and Morgan County.
Many Magoffin County football players returned to the weightroom earlier in the month and are already preparing for the 2017 season.
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Magoffin County senior Dillion Williams (15) tackled a Betsy Layne player earlier in the schoolyear. Williams led the Hornets throughout the 2016 season.