Hornets outlast Betsy Layne, 18-16
BETSY LAYNE - Magoffin County overcame some adversity to defeat host Betsy Layne 18-16 in a non-district high school football game on Friday night.
With the win, Magoffin County improved to 2-2.
Betsy Layne dropped to 0-4 with the win.
The Hornets won despite losing senior quarterback Ryan Mullins on the second play of the game.
"We played very hard - especially when Ryan (Mullins) went down on the second play of the game," said Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs. "We had some guys step up offensively and defensively. Brady Whitaker, Nick Caldwell, Matthew Watkins, Logan Lovely and Grayson Lanning really stepped up for us offensively. Trenton Caldwell, Buddy Collins and Jaden Sowards really stepped up on the defensive side also."
Brady Whitaker led Magoffin County to the win, rushing 15 times for 127 yards and one touchdown. Through the air, Whitaker completed 7-of-10 passes for 31 yards.
Nick Caldwell, another capable quarterback, completed 6-of-6 passes for 41 yards in the Hornets' hard-fought win.
Aiding the Magoffin County offense, Nolan Arnett rushed six times for 33 yards and one touchdown.
Grayson Lanning rushed six times for 35 yards to rank as Magoffin County's second-leading rusher.
Matthew Watkins led the Hornets in receiving, reeling in six receptions for 36 yards.
Defensively for the Hornets, Whitaker recorded two interceptions and Buddy Collins picked off one Betsy Layne pass.
Collins and Jaden Sowards led Magoffin County on the defensive side, recorded 10 tackles apiece.
Following closely behind Collins and Sowards in the Magoffin County defensive category, Lanning and Trenton Caldwell contributed nine tackles apiece.
Combs was pleased with his team's performance.
"It was a great effort by our guys and they showed they don't have any quit in them," confided Combs. "Hats off to Betsy Layne. They played as hard as any team I have seen this year.
"We really need to quit turning the ball over with a few fumbles here and there. Those can be costly. But it was a great effort by our players and coaches."
Betsy Layne, under the tutelage of former Magoffin County head coach Scotty McCoy, amassed 289 yards of total offense in the loss. Leading Betsy Layne offensively, quarterback Bradley Woods completed 13-of-23 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Woods, however, threw three interceptions while also rushing 14 times for 54 yards.
Grant Orsborn led the Bobcats in receiving, hauling in nine receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Morris Adkins led Betsy Layne's defensive effort with a game-high 13 tackles.
With the victory over Betsy Layne, Magoffin County equaled its win total from the 2016 season.
Independent Photo || Beverly Bush
Magoffin County defensive players swarmed a Betsy Layne ballcarrier during the Hornets' away game in Week 3.