Prestonsburg at Floyd Central
Who: Prestonsburg (1-3) at Floyd Central (1-3)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jaguars Stadium, Eastern.
Coaches: Brandon Brewer, Prestonsburg; Shawn Hager, Floyd Central.
Notes: Floyd Central is set to host county rival Prestonsburg in the annual Don Daniels/Shorty Jamerson Bowl on Friday night.
Prestonsburg (1-3) is fresh off its first win in the 2019 high school football season. In a matchup versus his former team, Prestonsburg head coach Brandon Brewer guided the Blackcats past Powell County 27-20 on Friday, Sept. 13.
Prior to posting the win over Powell County, Prestonsburg dropped games to Pike County Central, Lawrence County and Hazard.
Offensively, along with quarterback Brayden Slone, Prestonsburg features John Rose, Carter Akers, Samuel Kelly, Kaleb Jarvis and Adam Blair.
Akers leads the Blackcats defensively.
Through four games, opponents have outscored Prestonsburg 162-60. However, Prestonsburg showed much improvement in Week 4.
After knocking off Knott County Central for its first win, Floyd Central (1-3) fell to visiting Hazard in Week 4, The Jaguars opened the season with back-to-back losses to Clay County and North Laurel. Opponents have outscored Floyd Central 113-77.
Dalton Boyd leads Floyd Central offensively. Through four games, Boyd has rushed 62 times for 309 yards and three touchdowns.
Quarterback Brant Potter, who replaced an injured Caleb Hager at quarterback for the Jaguars earlier in the season, has rushed 17 times for 190 yards and one touchdown.
Chad Bates, Gavin Martin, Bryce Thacker, Noah Marcum and Brendan Evans rank as Floyd Central’s top five tacklers.
Floyd Central dominated when the two teams met in 2018, defeating Prestonsburg 49-6 at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
Who 2 Watch: For Floyd Central, senior running back/defensive back Brendan Evans.
One of the area’s most underrated high school football players, Evans helps to pace Floyd Central defensively and offensively. He leads Floyd Central in interceptions while ranking fifth in tackles. Offensively, Evans is the Jaguars’ fifth-leading rusher.
For Prestonsburg, junior tight end/defensive lineman Adam Blair.
The productive Blair was on the receiving end of a scoring pass in Prestonsburg’s hard-fought win over Powell County. Blair contributes for the Blackcats both offensively and defensively.
Knott Central at Betsy Layne
Who: Knott Central (4) at Betsy Layne (2-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bobcat Field, Betsy Layne.
Coaches: Larry Maggard, Knott County Central; Scotty McCoy, Betsy Layne.
Notes: After coming up short in a home game against Magoffin County, Betsy Layne is set to host Knott Central in Week 5 of the 2019 high school football season.
Betsy Layne has shown much improvement in the first half of its latest gridiron campaign. After dropping a season opener to Martin County, Betsy Layne posted back-to-back wins over Morgan County and East Ridge. The Bobcats are averaging 33 points per game.
In four games, Betsy Layne sophomore quarterback Chase Mims has passed for nearly 700 yards.
Nicholas Howell, Chase Hamilton and Dalton Hall have emerged as productive receivers for the Bobcats.
As a team, Betsy Layne is on pace to rush for over 2,000 yards in the 2019 high school football regular-season. Austin Tackett leads the Bobcats in rushing. Betsy Layne features a diverse rushing attack with Mims and Hamilton taking carries as well.
Defensively, Marcus Hall leads Betsy Layne in tackles.
Knott Central has struggled throughout the first half of the 2019 high school football season. The Patriots are 0-4 after suffering losses to Magoffin County, Pineville, Floyd Central and Shelby Valley. Through four games, opponents have outscored the Patriots 170-49. Knott Central has been held to seven points or less in each of its last two games.
Sophomore quarterback Will Weinberg will be looking to lead Knott Central to an upset win over Betsy Layne.
The Bobcats and Patriots did not meet during the 2018 high school football season.
Kickoff for the Betsy Layne-Knott Central football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Betsy Layne, senior wide receiver Dalton Hall.
Enjoying a breakout performance during Week 4, Hall reeled in seven receptions for 151 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a two-point conversion. Hall is a proven leader for the Bobcats.
For Knott County Central, sophomore quarterback Will Weinberg.
In his first season as the Patriots’ starting quarterback, Weinberg is showing improvement. The Knott Central quarterback is capable of passing and rushing.