Who: Prestonsburg (0-7) at East Ridge (2-5)

Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Location: Warrior Stadium, Lick Creek.

Coaches: Prestonsburg, Brandon Brewer. East Ridge, Ben Runyon.

Notes: Prestonsburg fell to Shelby Valley 49-0 in Class 2A District 8 play last week, while East Ridge fell to Twin Valley 48-28.

The Warriors have scored 60 points in Ben Runyon’s two games as coach. Before that, the Warriors only scored 40 points all season.

Last week, Kane Taylor rushed for 237 yards and two TDs on 34 carries. Chase Caudill followed with 55 yards on nine carries. Cameron Hess added 31 yards on four carries.

The Warriors rushed for 343 yards last week. 

Quarterback Trey Blackburn was four for four passing for 49 yards.

Hess had all four catches from Blackburn for 49 yards. Blackburn caught a pass from Taylor for four yards.

On the season, Taylor leads the team in rushing with 587 yards and seven TDs on 77 carries. 

Hess leads the team in tackles with 51 tackles and three sacks. Caudill follows with 44 tackles, two sacks and he forced a fumble. Steven Cofiell and Casey Kendrick each have 41 tackles.

Pretonsburg has been the giant in the district for years, but this season, the Blackcats don’t have any wins.

The Prestonsburg offense only had 52 total yards of offense against Shelby Valley last week. 

The Blackcats could miss the playoffs if they can’t pull out a win. The Warriors have one district win over Betsy Layne; another one against Prestonsburg could lock down the No. 3 seed. If Prestonsburg can pull out the win against East Ridge and then knock off Betsy Layne next week, the Blackcats could earn the No. 3 seed in the Class 2A playoffs.

Prestonsburg only has 802 total yards of offense on the season.

Ethan Varney leads the rushing attack with 328 yards and two TDs on 57 carries.

Quarterback Brayden Slone is nine of 26 passing for 41 yards and a TD with an interception. He has 161 yards rushing and three TDs on 20 carries. Ezekiel Briggs follows with 157 yards on 40 carries.

Briggs leads the defense with 59 tackles. Varney follows with 45 tackles and Eric Armstrong has 35 tackles.

Who 2 Watch: For East Ridge, running back Kane Taylor. For Prestonsburg, running back Ethan Varney.

Taylor is on an up-swing. He is a playmaker and is coming off of a 200-yard game. 

Taylor is quick and makes good cuts. 

If he can break some big runs and find his way into the end zone, the Warriors may be able to pull out the big district win.

Varney rushed for almost 1,500 yards last season. He and the rest of the Blackcat offense have struggled this season. If he can pull out a performance like he did on a consistent basis last season, the senior running back may be able to lead the Blackcats to a district win and their first win of the season.

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