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Following setback, Hornets to host Breathitt County

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Magoffin County quarterback Nick Caldwell lofted a pass during the Hornets' season opener versus Knott County Central. 
Photo courtesy of Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE - After a game on the road, Magoffin County is set to return home to host Breathitt County in a high school football matchup on Friday, Sept. 6. 

Breathitt County is 2-0 after notching back-to-back wins over Jenkins and South Laurel. Through two games, Breathitt County has outscored its opponents 82-16. The Bobcats beat visiting South Laurel 43-8 in the Kentucky River Medical Center Honey Bowl on Friday, Aug. 30.

Senior running back Charles Collins and junior quarterback Braxton O'Hara lead the Bobcats. Collins, who transferred back to Breathitt County from Anderson County, rushed 131 times for 1,474 yards and 21 touchdowns during the 2018 high school football season.

O'Hara excelled for Breathitt County throughout his sophomore campaign in 2018, passing for over 1,000 yards and more than a dozen touchdowns.

The Bobcats concluded the 2018 season 8-4, reaching the second round of the Class 3A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

Magoffin County, under the guidance of first-year head coach Chris Gamble, rolled past Knott County Central 51-22 in its season opener. However, Martin County dealt Magoffin County its first loss in Week 2, defeating the Hornets 22-6 on Friday, Aug. 30.

Quarterback Nick Caldwell and running back Jaylon McDuffus are combining to lead the Hornets offensively. In two games, Magoffin County has rushed for 438 yards. 

Defensively, linebacker Mason Lovely is averaging 23 tackles per game for the Hornets. 

Breathitt County pulled away to beat the Hornets convincingly when the two teams met in 2018, winning 48-6.

Former Magoffin County head coach Justin Combs is a member of the Bobcats' coaching staff. Combs serves as an assistant coach under Breathitt County head coach Kyle Moore. 

Kickoff for the latest Magoffin County-Breathit County football game is set for 7:30 p.m. 

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