Who: Betsy Layne (0-8) at Prestonsburg (1-7)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium, Prestonsburg.
Coaches: Betsy Layne, Scotty McCoy; Prestonsburg, Brandon Brewer.
Notes: Fresh off doubling up East Ridge 32-16 in a Class 2A District 8 football game in Week 8, Prestonsburg is set to host Floyd County rival Betsy Layne. The Blackcats and Bobcats will meet in another Class 2A District 8 matchup.
Senior running back Ethan Varney led Prestonsburg over East Ridge, rushing 13 times for 230 yards and two TDs. Prestonsburg used a punishing rushing attack to defeat East Ridge. The Blackcats rushed 30 times for 364 yards and three TDs in the district victory.
Prestonsburg is 1-7 overall and 1-2 in Class 2A District 8.
The 2017 Class 2A District 8 Player of the Year, Varney paces Prestonsburg. In seven games, Varney has rushed 70 times for 558 yards and four TDs.
As a team, Prestonsburg has rushed 206 times for 1,156 yards and nine TDs in eight games.
Brayden Slone, Ezekiel Briggs and John Rose also consistently contribute on the ground for the Blackcats.
Briggs leads Prestonsburg on the defensive side. The hard-hitting Briggs has posted 79 tackles.
Varney (56 tackles), Eric Armstrong (44 tackles), John Rose (44 tackles) and Samuel Kelly (39) round out the list of Prestonsburg’s top five tacklers.
Prestonsburg has dropped games to North Laurel, Lawrence County, Breathitt County, Floyd Central, Hazard, Leslie County and Shelby Valley.
In eight games, opponents have outscored the Blackcats 314-86.
The Bobcats are 0-8 overall and 0-3 in Class 2A District 8. Betsy Layne has dropped games to Sheldon Clark, Floyd Central, East Carter, Magoffin County, Shelby Valley, East Ridge, Leslie County and Casey County. East Ridge managed to outlast the Bobcats 32-30 in overtime.
Freshman quarterback Chase Mims is nearly through his first season as a starter for the Bobcats, Mims has led Betsy Layne through the air. On the ground, running back Austin Tackett has paced the Bobcats.
Dalton Hall has emerged as a go-to receiver for the Bobcats,
Through eight games, Betsy Layne has been outscored 356-66.
Kickoff for the Betsy Layne-Prestonsburg game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
Who 2 Watch: For Prestonsburg, senior running back Ethan Varney.
The reigning Class 2A District 8 Player of the Year, Varney presents problems for opposing defenders. If he turns in another big rushing performance, Prestonsburg could post its second straight win and even its district record to 2-2.
For Betsy Layne, freshman quarterback Chase Mims.
One of the state’s most promising young quarterbacks, Mims has shown improvement throughout the season and will be looking to lead Betsy Layne to its first win on the road at rival Prestonsburg.