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Hornets lose district game to Lawrence County

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LOUISA - Magoffin County pushed to return to the win column but host Lawrence County eventually managed to prevail 42-28 in a Class 3A, District 8 football game on Thursday, Oct. 3.

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-2 in Class 3A, District 8.

Lawrence County improved to 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the district with the win.

The Bulldogs scored first and never trailed. Lawrence County and Magoffin County were tied 8-8 at the conclusion of the first quarter. However, Lawrence County added two touchdowns in the second period to lead 22-8 at halftime. 

Homestanding Lawrence County led 36-20 at the end of the third quarter. 

Quarterback Baden Gillispie led Lawrence County to the district win. Gillispie paced the Bulldogs in passing and rushing. Through the air, Gillispie completed three of eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Making an even bigger impact on the ground, Gillispie rushed 28 times for 147 yards and three touchdowns. 

As a team, Lawrence County rushed 59 times for 307 yards and three TDs. Trevor Young finished as the Bulldogs' second-leading rusher with 93 yards via 14 rush carries. 

Danny Hall led the Bulldogs in receiving, hauling in three receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns. 

Defensively for Lawrence County, Gillispie returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown while Alex Strickland and Brandon Davis posted six tackles apiece.

Jaylon McDuffus led Magoffin County offensively. McDuffus rushed 10 times for 201 yards and one touchdown. 

The Hornets thrived on the ground, rushing 38 times for 374 yards and two touchdowns. 

Quarterback Lucas Litteral added a rushing touchdown for the Hornets. Through the air, Litteral completed six of 12 passes for 46 yards and two touchdowns. 

Brad Standifer and Caleb Wilson each reeled in one touchdown pass reception for the Hornets.

The state's leading tackler continued to produce defensively for the Hornets as Mason Lovely posted a game-high 31 tackles. 

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