Blackcats limited

The Blackcats fell to the Wildcats 49-0.

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg was unable to work its way into the win column in Week 7 of the 2018 high school football season. Instead, Shelby Valley notched its fourth straight win. Visiting Shelby Valley used a solid rushing attack to shut out reigning champion Prestonsburg 49-0 in a Class 2A District 8 football game at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium on Thursday night. 

With the win, Shelby Valley improved to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in Class 2A, District 8.

Former Class 2A football powerhouse Prestonsburg dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss. 

Dominant Shelby Valley rushed 45 times for 464 yards and 464 yards and six TDs.

Shelby Valley senior running back Seth Johnson rushed 15 times for 209 yards and two TDs for the Wildcats. Johnson reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark during the win.

Shelby Valley led 21-0 at the end of the first quarter. Remaining in control after the initial quarter, Shelby Valley packed a 29-0 lead into halftime. 

Prior to intermission, Shelby Valley recorded a safety in the second quarter.

The Shelby Valley defensive unit limited Prestonsburg, a team under the tutelage of first-year head coach Brandon Brewer, throughout the district matchup. 

Another running back, Dalton Meade, delivered four TDs for Shelby Valley in the victory. Meade rushed 16 times for 119 yards and three TDs and was on the receiving end of a scoring pass from quarterback Samuel Stanley. 

Ethan Bentley aided the Shelby Valley rushing attack, taking five carries for 66 yards and one TD.

Brayden Keathley and Lance Riddle led the Shelby Valley defensive effort with 11 tackles apiece. In addition to his 11 tackles, Keathley supplied the Wildcats with two sacks and recorded a safety in the endzone. 

While excelling offensively, Meade also made 10 tackles for the Wildcats.

Prestonsburg was held scoreless for the first time in the 2018 season. The Blackcats were limited to 80 yards of total offense in the shutout loss.

Ezekiel Briggs was the only Prestonsburg player to reach double digits in the rushing column. Briggs rushed six times for 44 yards. 

Through the air, Prestonsburg quarterback Kaleb Jarvis completed five of nine passes but netted only 19 yards. Jarvis threw one interception.

Reigning Class 2A, District 8 Player of the Year Ethan Varney was held to three yards on six carries. 

Briggs and Varney combined to lead the Prestonsburg defensive unit, posting 16 tackles and 13 tackles, respectively. 

Prestonsburg has regular-season games remaining versus district rivals East Ridge and Betsy Layne and non-district foe Perry  Central.

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