Magoffin County prevails in 2019 Heritage Bowl
photos courtesy of Jim Arnett
Magoffin County won the Heritage Bowl on Friday, Aug. 23, defeating visiting Knott County Central 51-22.
SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County didn't disappoint its fans during a highly anticipated high school football season opener. The Hornets, under the direction of first-year head coach Chris Gamble, pulled away to defeat visiting Knott County Central 51-22 in the 2019 Heritage Bowl on Friday night.
Magoffin County excelled defensively and offensively during the season opener. After shaking a slow start, Magoffin County thrived. The Hornets gradually pulled away to defeat Knott County Central convincingly.
"First off, let me say how grateful I was to see the excitement from our fans in the stands," Magoffin County Coach Chris Gamble commented, following his team's win. "They brought the noise and were engaged throughout the whole game.
"As far as the game, I thought our staff did well preparing and our kids executed well enough to get our first win of the season. We started out slow as is to be expected but once we settled down, our players played aggressively and with a desire to win. It was a great feeling to get the first win. I thought Knott County Central fought until the end. We wish Knott County Central good luck the rest of the season. I hope all of our fans enjoyed themselves on Friday night and ask that they please follow us to Martin County."
Magoffin County featured several offensive and defensive leaders in the season opener.
Jaylon McDuffus led Magoffin County on the ground, rushing eight times for 118 yards.
Zach Conley, Fernando Irvin and Caleb Howard combined to rush for over 170 yards while scoring one touchdown apiece.
Finishing second in rushing behind McDuffus, Conley rushed eight times for 90 yards and one touchdown.
Quarterback Nick Caldwell was productive through the air for the Hornets, completing six of 15 passes for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Brad Standifer hauled in Caldwell's scoring pass in the Hornets' convincing victory.
Delivering on the defensive side, Caldwell recovered a fumble for a touchdown.
Mason Lovely led the Hornets' defensive effort, recording a game-high 19 tackles, 13 of which were solo stops. In addition to being the game's leading tackler, Lovely returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown.
Mack Parsons posted nine tackles while Howard recorded eight tackles in the Hornets' win.
Magoffin County (1-0) is preparing to visit Martin County (1-0) on Friday, Aug. 30.