EASTERN — Playing on its home field for the first time since Week 0, Floyd Central managed to avoid a third straight loss during its latest outing. The Jaguars defeated upset-minded Sheldon Clark 16-12 in a Class 3A District 6 football game on Friday night.
With the win, Floyd Central improved to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A District 6.
Sheldon Clark slipped to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in the district with the loss.
With Week 8 of the season open, Floyd Central will have an opportunity to try to correct any mistakes from its latest matchup.
"As the old saying goes, a win is a win," Floyd Central coach Shawn Hager said, following his team's victory over visiting Sheldon Clark. "We didn't play very well at all. Our defense and offensive blocking has a lot of room for improvement. With this week off, I hope we can get back on track."
Flow Central started slow, allowing Sheldon Clark to score first and move ahead early.
But the Jaguars wouldn't be denied a win on their home field.
Sophomore quarterback Caleb Hager led Floyd Central to the win. The younger Hager rushed 10 times for 127 yards and one TD. Also delivering through the air, Hager completed five of 10 passes for 64 yards and one TD.
Ethan Smith-Mills was on the receiving end of Caleb Hager's scoring pass, hauling in a 20-yard TD reception. One of the area's top young high school quarterbacks, Caleb Hager completed passes to five different receivers.
Josh Whitaker ranked as Floyd Central's second-leading rusher. Whitaker rushed a team-high 14 times for 55 yards in the Jaguars' win.
Brenden Little led the Floyd Central defensive effort, posting 12 tackles. Gavin Martin recorded nine tackles and Preston Crase added seven tackles for the Jaguars.
Two other Floyd Central defensive players, Brady Jones and Noah Marcum, posted six tackles apiece.
Branson Smith and Daylon Stafford accounted for Sheldon Clark's scoring, rushing for one TD apiece.
Floyd Central has regular-season games remaining versus district rival Lawrence County and non-district foe Letcher Central.