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Hornets fall to host Estill County: Magoffin County drops district opener

IRVINE - Magoffin County dropped its second game in the 2016 season on the road. Host Estill County pulled away to defeat the Hornets 48-14 in a Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday night.

Familiar foes, Magoffin County and Estill County met for an early-season Class 3A, District 7 game. 

With the loss, Magoffin County slipped to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Class 3A, District 7.

Estill County evened its record to 1-1 overall and moved to 1-0 in the district with the win. 

The Hornets are under the direction of first-year head coach Justin Combs. A former assistant coach on the Magoffin County football program’s coaching staff, Combs, a Breathitt County native, made the move from Clay County in August. 

Estill County took control of the game early, forcing the Hornets to play from behind. Magoffin County, however, showed some improvement on the offensive side after suffering a shutout loss in its first outing in the 2016 season. 

Estill County rushed for 404 yards in the winning effort. Leading the Engineers on the ground, Dawson Bingham rushed nine times for 172 yards and four touchdowns. 

Following Bingham in the Estill County rushing column, Logan Beckler rushed 10 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. 

Another Estill County running back, Blake Francisco, rushed seven times for 77 yards and one touchdown. 

Defensively for Estill County, Austin Salyer led the Engineers with nine tackles. Estill County recovered four fumbles in the victory. 

The Hornets rushed for 194 yards in the loss. Magoffin County passed for 76 yards in the setback. 

Leading the Hornets offensively, quarterback Dillon Williams rushed 15 times for 129 yards and one touchdown. Completing over half of his pass attempts, Williams finished 5-of-9 for 76 yards. 

Dalton Peters ranked as Magoffin County’s second-leading rusher. Peters carried the football 10 times for 38 yards as the Hornets came up short. 

Grayson Lanning, Brady Whitaker and Nick Caldwell also took carries out of the backfield for the Hornets in the district matchup. Caldwell rushed for a five-yard touchdown. 

Williams hooked up with three different receivers. Whitaker led Magoffin County in receiving, hauling in three receptions and 48 yards. Peters and Matthew Watkins added one reception apiece for the Hornets. 

Williams led the Magoffin County defensive effort with nine tackles, five of which were solo stops. 

Magoffin County is slated to host Shelby Valley on Friday, Sept. 2. Kickoff for the Magoffin County-Shelby Valley football game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Salyersville. 




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