Hornets fall to host Lawrence County
LOUISA - Magoffin County suffered its second loss in the young 2017 high school football season on Friday night, falling to host Lawrence County. The Bulldogs pulled away to beat the Hornets 55-14 in a non-district high school football game.
With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 0-2.
Lawrence County evened its record to 1-1 with the win.
"We started out strong and held pretty well until midway through the second quarter," Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs commented, looking back at his team's game versus familiar foe Lawrence County. "We just have to win the line of scrimmage. Lawrence County won the line of scrimmage and ran the football very well. We're going to have to do a better job tackling. Our tackling is not up to par right now. Defensively we are going to have to fly around to the football also. We can't have two or three guys making the plays. We have to swarm the ball. Offensively we didn't play bad. We need to learn to take what the defense gives us and not try for the big play so much. Up front, we have to get better blocking and that's still what we are working hard on. We are not firing off the football up front. But the good thing is these problems are fixable. We have a great group of young kids that play hard."
Noah West led Lawrence County to the win, rushing 12 times for 135 yards and four touchdowns. West completed 3-of-3 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown in Lawrence County's winning effort.
Trey Dotson rushed six times for 83 yards and one touchdown in the Bulldogs' win.
Aiding the Lawrence County offensive attack, Dalton Ferguson rushed five times for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Another Bulldog, Jaxon Johnson, was on the receiving end of West's scoring pass.
Ryan Mullins led Magoffin County offensively, completing 10-of-19 passes for 106 yards and one touchdown with one interception.
Nick Caldwell finished 4-of-8 for 45 yards and threw two interceptions through the air in the Hornets' loss.
Matthew Watkins led Magoffin County in receiving, reeling in seven receptions for 65 yards and one touchdown.
Nolan Arnett paced the Hornets on the ground, rushing four times for 36 yards and one touchdown.
In addition to taking to the air, Mullins rushed 10 times for 31 yards.
Defensively for Magoffin County, Buddy Collins recorded a team-high seven tackles. Following Collins in the Magoffin County defensive category, Jaden Sowards added six stops.
Magoffin County has regular-season games remaining versus East Ridge, Betsy Layne, Harlan, Powell County, Morgan County, Morgan County, Knott County Central, Estill County and Breathitt County. The Hornets will visit East Ridge for another non-district game on Friday, Sept. 1.