Hornets fall to much-improved Breathitt County
SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County fell behind early and couldn't recover from its slow start as visiting Breathitt County pulled away to win 55-6 in a high school football game on Friday, Sept. 6.
Longtime rivals, Magoffin County and Breathitt County are former district foes.
With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 1-2.
Much-improved Breathitt County moved to 3-0 with the win.
The Hornets were forced to play from behind throughout the matchup. Magoffin County faced a double digit deficit at the conclusion of each quarter.
Senior running back Charles Collins, a transfer from Anderson County, led Breathitt County to the win. Collins rushed six times for 150 yards and three touchdowns.
As a team, Breathitt County rushed 30 times for 323 yards. The Bobcats scored six touchdowns on the ground.
Contributing on the ground for the Bobcats, Dalton Manns, LaDaniel Whitaker and Lane Weddle added one rushing touchdown apiece.
Quarterback Braxton O'Hara paced Breathitt County through the air, completing five of 11 passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
Brandyn Slaughter and Lane Weddle hauled in one touchdown pass reception each for the Bobcats.
The Hornets were limited to 162 yards of total offense in the setback. Magoffin County picked up the majority of it yardage on the ground, rushing 22 times for 145 yards and one touchdown.
Jaylon McDuffus led Magoffin County in rushing, gaining 85 yards via five carries. However, McDuffus was held out of the endzone.
Caleb Howard accounted for Magoffin County's lone touchdown, reaching the endzone on a rushing attempt.
Continuing to excel defensively for the Hornets, linebacker Mason Lovely recorded a game-high 19 tackles. Lovely posted two tackles for losses and one sack.
Magoffin County exited the matchup with regular-season games remaining versus Betsy Layne, Belfry, Lawrence County, Floyd Central, Pike County Central, Clay County and Morgan County.