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Hornets' district schedule outlook

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Magoffin County competes in Class 3A, District 8. The Hornets ended the 2019 high school football season 3-7.  Photo ||  Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE - Preparing to kick off the 2020 high school football season, Magoffin County is set to compete in Class 3A, District 8.

In addition to Magoffin County, along with reigning Class 3A state champion Belfry, District 8 features Floyd Central, Lawrence County and Pike County Central.

A look at Magoffin County's district schedule for the 2020 high school football season follows. 

Sept. 25 Belfry: The Hornets will host reigning Class 3A state champion Belfry for a district opener in late-September. Behind its strong rushing attack, Belfry downed Magoffin County 59-14 during the 2019 season. The Pirates compiled an 11-3 record in 2019.

After being named the 2019 KHSAA Class 3A State Championship Game MVP, running back Isaac Dixon is set to return for the Pirates. Poised to take the field as a senior, Dixon rushed 96 times for 1,191 yards and 13 touchdowns during the 2019 high school football season. 

Oct. 1 Lawrence County: Playing on the road in Louisa in 2019, visiting Magoffin County pushed host Lawrence County before the Bulldogs prevailed 42-28. Lawrence County exited the 2019 season 4-7. 

Quarterback Baden Gillispie is headed back to the gridiron for the Bulldogs. Leading Lawrence County as a junior in 2019, Gillispie rushed 158 times for 1,170 yards and 24 touchdowns. 

Oct. 9 at Floyd Central: The Hornets and Jaguars battled in Salyersville during the 2019 high school football season. When the two teams met in 2019, Floyd Central managed to edge Magoffin County 36-34 in overtime. The Jaguars finished the 2019 season 3-8. 

After battling an injury during the 2019 high school football season, senior quarterback Caleb Hager is returning for the Jaguars. 

Oct. 16 at Pike County Central: Magoffin County will venture to Pike County Central for a late-season matchup in mid-October. Pike County Central topped the Hornets 42-6 in 2019.

The Hawks ended the 2019 season 8-4.

Pike County Central's leading rusher is only a sophomore. Running back Matt Anderson rushed 150 times for 1,385 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman during the 2019 high school football season. 

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