Hornets knock off Knott County Central, 26-6
HINDMAN - Magoffin County dominated along the offensive and defensive lines on its way to defeating host Knott County Central 26-6 in a Class 3A, District 7 football game on Thursday, Oct. 4.
With the win, Magoffin County improved to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A, District 7.
Knott County Central slipped to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss.
Senior running back Brady Whitaker reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the Hornets' victory. Whitaker rushed 14 times for 205 yards and two touchdowns to lead Magoffin County over Knott County Central in the district game.
Magoffin County thrived on the ground, rushing 28 times for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
Fernando Irvin rushed five times for 51 yards and one touchdown as the Hornets prevailed.
Another Magoffin County back, Nick Caldwell, rushed four times for 38 yards.
Defensively, Mason Lovely led Magoffin County with a game-high 17 tackles, 15 of which were solo stops. Lovely recorded one sack for the Hornets and moved over 100 tackles for the 2018 season.
Trevor Click, Grayson Lanning, Mack Parsons and Matthew Watkins posted seven tackles apiece for Magoffin County in the win. Lanning registered three sacks while Watkins recorded an interceptions for the Hornets.
"We ran the football very well and controlled the line of scrimmage most of the game," said Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs. "Defense stepped up for us. They made all the checks to the formations and did great recognizing certain things."
Magoffin County performed well both offensively and defensively.
"Brady Whitaker had a great game in the backfield," said Combs. "Mason Lovely and Nick Caldwell were all over the field on defense. Over all, it was great effort from our guys and tremendous efforts from our O-line and D-line. They really controlled the game up front for us."
Magoffin County is scheduled to host Estill County for a Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday, Oct. 12.