Jags knock off Blackcats

Floyd Central’s Marcus Thacker (11) looks to reel in a ball during the Jaguars’ home game versus county rival Prestonsburg on Friday night. Floyd Central cruised past Prestonsburg 40-13 to win the Don Daniels/Shorty Jamerson Bowl. Floyd Central is set to host Pike Central at 7:30 p.m. Friday night in a big Class 3A District 8 matchup. Prestonsburg will host Class 2A District 8 rival East Ridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening.

EASTERN — Floyd Central moved ahead in a heated high school football series on Friday night, defeating visiting Prestonsburg 40-13.

Now, Floyd Central leads Prestonsburg 2-1 in the gridiron series.

With the win, Floyd Central improved to 2-3.

Prestonsburg dropped to 1-4 with the loss.

The Jaguars moved ahead early and gradually pulled away to win convincingly.

Six different Floyd Central players rushed for positive yardage in the victory. Dalton Boyd led the Jaguars on the ground, rushing 16 times for 76 yards and one touchdown.

Following Boyd, quarterback Brant Potter rushed nine times for 55 yards and one touchdown.

Brendan Evans was held out of the end zone but rushed 10 times for 40 yards in Floyd Central’s winning effort.

Gavin Martin rushed 10 times for 20 yards and three touchdowns during Floyd Central’s emotional triumph.

Through the air, Potter completed two of three passes for 44 yards.

Evans and Hall reeled in one reception apiece for the Jaguars.

Defensively, Noah Marcum led Floyd Central with 11 tackles.

Bryce Thacker returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown for the Jaguars.

In another key defensive play, Marcus Thacker delivered a 35-yard interception return.

Prestonsburg managed to amass 255 yards of total offense in the setback. Quarterback Brayden Slone paced Prestonsburg through the air and on the ground, completing nine of 22 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown while throwing one interception. On the ground, Slone rushed nine times for 80 yards.

Eric Armstrong and Owen Greene were Slone’s top two targets. Armstrong hauled in three receptions for 70 yards and one touchdown. A reliable receiver, Greene made a game-high four receptions for 23 yards in the Blackcats’ loss.

Carter Akers, who rushed five times for 35 yards, added a touchdown on the ground or the Blackcats.

Both Floyd Central and Prestonsburg are headed into district openers.

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