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SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County head coach Chris Gamble continues to prepare his team for the 2019 high school football season. Prior to kicking off the 2019 season, Magoffin County will venture to Rowan County for the first of two preseason scrimmages on Friday, Aug. 9. 

The upcoming preseason matchup will allow Gamble and his coaching staff an opportunity to gauge the Hornets' progress. 

Magoffin County compiled a 3-7 record in 2018. The Hornets notched wins over East Ridge, Betsy Layne and Knott County Central during the 2018 season. Magoffin County dropped games to East Carter, Lawrence County, Harlan, Powell County, Morgan County, Estill County and Breathitt County in 2018.

Rowan County concluded the 2018 season 5-5 and missed out on advancing to the Class 4A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. During the 2018 season, Rowan County notched wins over Morgan County, Mason County, Fleming County, Bourbon County and Boyd County. The Vikings dropped games to Bath County, Ashland, Greenup County, Johnson Central and East Carter in 2018. 

Head coach Kelley Ford guides the Vikings. 

The Hornets are due to entertain Prestonsburg for a final preseason scrimmage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16. 

Magoffin County is scheduled to host Knott County Central in a season opener on August 23. 

In addition to the season opener versus Knott County Central, Magoffin County has additional home games scheduled versus Breathitt County (Sept. 6), Floyd Central (Oct. 11), Pike County Central (Oct. 18) and Morgan County (Nov. 1). 

Magoffin County is slated to face host Martin County in the Kentucky Farm Bureau Bowl on Friday, Aug. 30. 

The Hornets have additional away games on tap versus Betsy Layne (Sept. 13), Belfry (Sept. 27), Lawrence County (Oct. 4) and Clay County (Oct. 25). 

The Hornets started preseason practice shortly after the conclusion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period. Before the Dead Period, Magoffin County remained active throughout the offseason. 


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