Blackcats scratch out win against Powell County

Carter Akers picked up yardage for the Blackcats against Powell County in a home game on Friday night.

PRESTONSBURG — Prestonsburg entered the win column for the first time in the 2019 high school football season on Friday night, defeating visiting Powell County 27-20.

With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 1-3.

Powell County slipped to 0-4 with the loss.

The Blackcats scored first but faced a deficit at halftime. Prior to faltering, Powell County led 17-14 at intermission. Prestonsburg, under the direction of former Powell County head coach Brandon Brewer, managed to move ahead and eventually hold on to win after the break.

Eric Armstrong, Brayden Slone and Kaleb Jarvis rushed for one touchdown apiece for the Blackcats. Slone was productive on the ground and through the air, completing a scoring pass to Adam Blair.

Carter Akers added a two-point conversion run for the Blackcats in the win.

Delivering on special teams for Prestonsburg, Max Willoughby booted an extra-point kick.

Up front, along the offensive line, Prestonsburg turned in its best performance thus far in the 2019 season.

Powell County finished with 288 yards of total offense. Quarterback Holden Townsend completed five of 16 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown with one interception in the Pirates’ loss.

Powell County rushed for 133 yards in the setback. Tyler Charles paced Powell County on the ground, rushing three times for 56 yards. Two other Powell County running backs, Justice Harmon and Josh Ledford, added one rushing touchdown apiece.

Jason Mullins was on the receiving end of Townsend’s scoring pass.

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