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Hornets experience heartbreak in district game


photo courtesy of Jim Arnett

Jaylon McDuffus led Magoffin County in rushing during a district matchup versus Floyd Central.

SALYERSVILLE - Week 8 of the 2019 high school football season brought heartbreak for the Magoffin County Hornets. Floyd Central stopped a two-point conversion attempt in overtime to defeat host Magoffin County 36-34 in a Class 3A, District 8 football game on Friday, Oct. 11. 

Senior running back Dalton Boyd set and tied school records on his way to leading Floyd Central to the victory. 

Magoffin County dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss. 

With the win, Floyd Central improved to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A, District 8.

Boyd scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion for the Jaguars in overtime. 

The Floyd Central defensive unit managed to stop Magoffin County running back Jaylon McDuffus short on the goal line on a potential game-tying two-point conversion.

On his record-setting night, Boyd rushed 29 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns. Boyd set new Floyd Central single-game school records for carries and yards. He tied a single-game school record for touchdowns and moved into second-place in points. 

Floyd Central flourished on the ground, rushing 66 times for 326 yards and five touchdowns.

Gavin Martin rushed 10 times for 49 yards and one touchdown for the Jaguars. 

Contributing on the ground for Floyd Central, quarterback Brant Potter rushed 13 times for 37 yards. Helping to provide a lift through the air for the Jaguars, Potter completed three of six passes for 62 yards. 

Brendan Evans and Brady Jones combined to haul in three passes for 62 yards for the Jaguars. 

Chad Bates paced Floyd Central defensively, delivering 12 tackles. Finishing second behind Bates in the key defensive column for the Jaguars, Martin and Noah Marcum added eight tackles apiece. 

McDuffus led Magoffin County, rushing 13 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns. 

Quarterback Lucas Litteral ranked as Magoffin County's second-leading rusher, rushing seven times for 96 yards. 

Fernando Irvin rushed 13 times for 58 yards and three touchdowns as Magoffin County fell short.

Chipping in on the ground for the Hornets, Caleb Howard rushed 10 times for 45 yards.

Through the air for Magoffin County, Literal completed four of six passes for 31 yards. Litteral connected on a pass to three different receivers. 

Jacob Allen and Buddy Collins paced Magoffin County defensively, logging a game-high 16 tackles apiece.

Following Allen and Collins, Irvin and Caldwell posted 11 tackles and 10 tackles, respectively.


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