Floyd Central at Betsy Layne
Who: Floyd Central at Betsy Layne
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lloyd Hamilton Field, Betsy Layne.
Coaches: Floyd Central; Shawn Hager. Betsy Layne; Scotty McCoy.
Notes: Fresh off a win on its home field, Floyd Central will hit the the road for an early-season high school football matchup at in-county rival Betsy Layne on Friday night.
Floyd Central rushed for 315 yards on its way to defeating visiting Harlan in a highly-anticipated season opener
Josh Whitaker led the Jaguars on the ground, rushing 16 times for 162 yards and four touchdowns. Floyd Central excelled both offensively and defensively. On the defensive side, Floyd Central held Harlan to 193 yards of total offense.
The Jaguars forced Harlan to play from behind throughout the game. Floyd Central led 44-0 before Harlan scored.
Seven different Floyd Central backs rushed for positive yardage. Elijah Cotton finished as the Jaguars' second-leading rusher, taking eight carries for 61 yards and one touchdown.
Caleb Hager remains a leader for Floyd Central following a move from wide receiver to quarterback. Hager completed two of six passes for 75 yards and one touchdown in his 2018 debut.
Betsy Layne struggled in its season opener on the road in Martin County. Host Sheldon Clark beat Betsy Layne 38-8 in the Bobcats' 2018 season opener.
Betsy Layne was forced to play from behind as much-improved Sheldon Clark excelled. Sheldon Clark led 12-0 at the conclusion of the first quarter. The dominant Cardinals carried a 26-0 lead into halftime and remained in control throughout the second half.
Betsy Layne was held scoreless until the fourth quarter.
Austin Tackett led Betsy Layne offensively in the season opener, rushing 14 times for 118 yards
Freshman quarterback Chase Mims was four of 11 for 41 yards with one interception through the air for the Bobcats in the opener.
The Jaguars were in control throughout the only other meeting between the two Floyd County high school football teams. Floyd Central won convincingly when the two teams met in 2017, shutting out Betsy Layne 43-0.
Kickoff for the Floyd Central-Betsy Layne football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Floyd Central, running back Josh Whitaker.
After rushing a team-high 140 times for 693 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017, Whitaker led Floyd Central's offensive attack in the Jaguars' victory over Harlan. Whitaker, who rushed 16 times for 162 yards and four touchdowns one week ago, ranks as one of the area's top high school running backs.
For Betsy Layne, running back Austin Tackett.
One of the area's most underrated high school running backs, Tackett accounted for over half of Betsy Layne's offense in the season opener versus Sheldon Clark. Giving the Bobcats a boost on the ground, Tackett rushed 14 times for 118 yards in Betsy Layne's 2018 debut.