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Hornets fall short at Knott County Central:

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HINDMAN - Magoffin County fell short in a bid to beat a district rival on the road during its latest outing. Host Knott County Central defeated the Hornets 48-36 in a Class 3A, District 7 football game on Friday night.

With the loss, Magoffin County slipped to 2-5 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A, District 7. 

Much-improved Knott County Central moved to 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the district with the win. 

Magoffin County suffered its second straight loss. 

Luke Jacobs led Knott County Central on the ground, rushing 19 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns.  Jacobs was one of only two Knott County Central players to take a carry out of the backfield. 

Cameron Jones paced the Patriots through the air, completing 12-of-24 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns,. 

Tyler Kidd was on the receiving end of both Jones-thrown touchdown passes. Kidd hauled in six pass receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots. 

Defensively, Knott County Central delivered two touchdowns. Both Jake Brown and Mason Spencer returned a fumble for a touchdown for the Patriots. 

Matt Jones led the Knott County Central defensive effort with a game-high 11 tackles. Directly behind Conley in the Knott County Central defensive category, Jake Brown provided 10 tackles. 

Quarterback Dillion Williams led the Hornets as he had a hand in on five touchdowns. The Magoffin County signal-caller led all players in rushing and passing. Williams completed 15-of-22 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns. The productive Williams threw one interception in the loss. 

Leading the Hornets in receiving, Nolan Arnett reeled in four pass receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns. 

Brady Whitaker hauled in nearly half of Williams’ completions, grabbing seven catches for 77 yards. 

On the ground, Williams rushed 27 times for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Williams was one of only two Magoffin County players to rush for positive yardage. Following Williams in the Magoffin County rushing column, Peters rushed 14 times for 66 yards. 

Williams led the Hornets on the defensive side, registering a team-best nine tackles. 

Peters and Trenton Caldwell contributed five tackles apiece for the Hornets in the setback. 

Knott County Central returned to the win column after losing a shootout to district counterpart Breathitt County one week earlier. 

The Hornets have regular season games remaining versus Breathitt County, Powell County and West Carter. 

Magoffin County has this week off. The Hornets are slated to visit Breathitt County for another Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday, Oct. 14.

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