Blackcats lose

Prestonsburg’s Ethan Varney breaks an arm tackle earlier this season against Betsy Layne.

LEXINGTON - Prestonsburg's first season under the direction of head coach Brandon Brewer concluded in the opening round of the Class 2A KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl. Host Lexington Christian ended Prestonsburg's latest gridiron campaign, defeating the Blackcats 46-14 in the first round of the Class 2A State Playoffs on Friday night. 

With the loss, Prestonsburg exited the 2018 season 2-9.

Lexington Christian improved to 8-3 and advanced to the second round of the Class 2A state playoffs with the win.

Homestanding Lexington Christian managed to limit much-improved Prestonsburg throughout the postseason high school football matchup. The Blackcats faced a deficit in each quarter. 

Quarterback Jayden Barnhardt led a balanced Lexington Christian offensive effort, completing eight of 13 passes for 93 yards and one TD. On the ground, Barnhardt rushed nine times for 39 yards and one TD.

Lexington Christian fared well on the ground, rushing 38 times for 194 yards and five TDs. 

Thomas White led the Eagles in rushing, taking 12 carries for 84 yards and one TD. 

Xavier Brown rushed seven times for 35 yards and two TDs for the Eagles.

Another Lexington Christian running back, Chase Sacca, added a rushing TD of his own in the host team's win.

Mattie Lebryk led Lexington Christian in receiving, reeling in two receptions for 38 yards and one TD. 

Jeffrey Selby paced Lexington Christian defensively, posting nine tackles. 

Ezekiel Briggs and Samuel Kelly accounted for Prestonsburg's TDs in the season-ending setback. Briggs scored on a 16-yard run for the Blackcats. Also reaching the endzone, Kelly hauled in a 15-yard scoring pass from quarterback Brayden Slone. In addition to scoring one of the Blackcats' two TDs, Briggs added a two-point conversion. 

Lexington Christian is slated to visit District 8 champion Shelby Valley in the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 9. 

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