LONDON — Prestonsburg struggled on the road in its 2018 high school football season debut as host North Laurel, an opponent from Class 5A, District 8, pulled away to win 44-6 on Friday night.
The Blackcats and Jaguars battled in a non-district matchup.
North Laurel landed in the win column after suffering a loss to crosstown rival South Laurel in a season opener on Friday, Aug. 17.
With the win, North Laurel evened its record to 1-1.
As a result of the loss, Prestonsburg opened its campaign 0-1.
North Laurel rushed for 284 yards in the winning effort. Hutton Shepherd led the Jaguars on the ground, rushing 18 times for 97 yards and three touchdowns as part of a balanced offensive attack.
Eight different North Laurel players rushed for positive yardage. Konnor Robinson ranked second in rushing for the Jaguars after scoring on a 70-yard run.
Grant Woods added 56 rushing yards on four carries for the Jaguars in the triumph.
North Laurel quarterback Dalton Sizemore completed two of four passes for 27 yards and one touchdown.
Quinton Houser was on the receiving end of Sizemore's touchdown pass, a 17-yard scoring strike.
North Laurel scored first and never trailed. After the Jaguars moved ahead 8-0, Prestonsburg, which is under the direction of first-year head coach Brandon Brewer, answered when senior running back Ethan Varney broke free and scored on a 66-yard run.
But the Blackcats never returned to the endzone.
North Laurel led 30-6 at halftime and continued to dominate throughout the second half.
The Jaguars erupted offensively after being limited to eight points in a season-opening loss to rival South Laurel.
Prestonsburg is scheduled to visit longtime rival Lawrence County for a non-district matchup in Week 2 on Friday, Aug. 31.