Betsy Layne set to compete in Class A

Betsy Layne quarterback Chase Mims throws a pass in action last season. Mims is headed into his sophomore season. Mims started for the Bobcats as a freshman.

BETSY LAYNE — Following a realignment move from the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA), Betsy Layne is set to compete in Class A.

Betsy Layne dropped down from Class 2A District 8. The Bobcats are a new member of Class A, District 6. In addition to Betsy Layne, Class A District 6 features Fairview, Paintsville and Raceland.

Class 2A District 8 is now comprised of Bath County, East Ridge, Prestonsburg, Shelby Valley, Sheldon Clark and West Carter.

Betsy Layne concluded the 2018 high school football season 1-9. After opening its latest campaign 0-9, Betsy Layne beat Jenkins 48-8 in a regular-season finale.

The Bobcats, under the direction of head coach Scotty McCoy, returned to the weightroom in the winter. Sophomore quarterback Chase Mims is headed back to the gridiron for the Bobcats. Mims ranks as one of the area’s top young high school quarterbacks.  

Competing in a four-team district, Betsy Layne will automatically qualify for the Class A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

Raceland is the frontrunner in Class A District 6. The Rams ended the 2018 season 11-3 following a loss to Pikeville in the Class 1A State Semifinals. Pikeville doubled up Raceland 38-19 when the two teams met in November.

Paintsville is the reigning Class A District 6 champion. The Tigers compiled a 10-3 overall record in 2018, falling to Raceland in the Class A Region 3 title game.

Fairview struggled throughout 2018, finishing winless. The Eagles were limited to 34 points, exiting the 2018 season with an 0-10 record.

Betsy Layne is due to open preseason practice in July. The Bobcats are slated to host non-district rival Sheldon Clark in a season opener on August 23. Betsy Layne’s 2019 schedule will include additional non-district games against Morgan County, East Ridge, Magoffin County, Knott Central, Phelps and Jenkins.

The complete Class A alignment for the 2019 season follows.

2019 KHSAA Class A Football Alignment

District 1 – Caverna, Crittenden County, Fulton County, Russellville

District 2 – Bethlehem, Campbellsville, Fort Knox, Holy Cross (Louisville)

District 3 – Berea, Eminence, Frankfort, Kentucky Country Day

District 4 – Bellevue, Dayton, Ludlow, Newport Central Catholic

District 5 – Bishop Brossart, Bracken County, Nicholas County, Paris

District 6 – Betsy Layne, Fairview, Paintsville, Raceland

District 7 – Hazard, Jenkins, Phelps, Pikeville

District 8 – Harlan, Lynn Camp, Pineville, Williamsburg

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