Lawrence County at Prestonsburg
Who: Lawrence County (0-1) at Prestonsburg (0-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium, Prestonsburg.
Coaches: Alan Short, Lawrence County. Brandon Brewer, Prestonsburg.
Notes: Both Lawrence County and Prestonsburg will be vying for win number one in Week 2 of the 2019 high school football season. The Bulldogs are set to visit Prestonsburg for a non-district high school football matchup on Friday.
Lawrence County jumped out to a 10-0 lead over Paintsville in its season opener but faltered. Paintsville answered and eventually pulled away to beat the Bulldogs 48-17. Lawrence County committed seven turnovers in its season opener.
Prestonsburg struggled in its season opener. Pike County Central pulled away to beat the Blackcats 53-7 in Week 1.
Quarterback Baden Gillispie leads the Bulldogs. Gillispie rushed 15 times for 105 yards in Lawrence County’s season opener.
Lawrence County, under the direction of head coach Alan Short, a former quarterback, concluded the 2018 high school football season 7-5.
Prestonsburg is under the guidance of head coach Brandon Brewer. The Blackcats will be looking to show vast improvement when the Bulldogs visit. Tradition-rich Prestonsburg is poised to host Lawrence County for a home opener.
When the two teams met in Louisa in 2018, Lawrence County topped Prestonsburg 41-8.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Lawrence County football game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
Who 2 Watch: For Prestonsburg, senior running back/defensive back Sam Kelly.
One of the area’s most underrated high school football players, Kelly will look to lead Prestonsburg in its home opener versus Lawrence County. Kelly ranked as Prestonsburg’s fifth-leading tackler during the 2018 season.
For Lawrence County, junior quarterback Baden Gillispie.
After taking over for East Tennessee State University signee Noah West, Gillispie rushed for 100-plus yards in his debut. Gillispie is expected to lead the Bulldogs throughout the 2019 season.
Morgan County at Betsy Layne
Who: Morgan County (0-1) at Betsy Layne (0-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bobcat Field, Betsy Layne.
Coaches: Mark Easterling, Morgan County. Scotty McCoy, Betsy Layne.
Notes: Betsy Layne is set to host Morgan County for an early-season high school football matchup.
Both Betsy Layne and Morgan County suffered losses in Week 1.
The Bobcats fell behind early and couldn’t battle back as visiting Martin County pulled away to win 56-12 in a high school football season opener on Friday, Aug. 23.
Betsy Layne, under the direction of third-year head coach Scotty McCoy, amassed 305 yards of total offense in the loss.
Quarterback Chase Mims led Betsy Layne in the opener, completing nine of 16 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns but throwing three interceptions.
Nicholas Howell paced Betsy Layne in receiving, hauling in four catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Austin Tackett ranked as Betsy Layne’s leading rusher in the opener, finishing with 49 yards via 10 rushes.
Morgan County struggled throughout its season opener as rival Rowan County pulled away to win 55-0 in West Liberty.
Graduation hurt the Cougars. Morgan County is minus its leading passer and top three rushers and receivers from the 2018 season.
Junior running back/defensive back Kolby Ferguson is expected to emerge as a leader for the Cougars.
Morgan County kicked off its 2019 season after compiling a 4-7 record in 2018.
Familiar foes, Betsy Layne and Morgan County did not meet during the 2018 season.
Kickoff for the Betsy Layne-Morgan County football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Betsy Layne, junior wide receiver/defensive back Nicholas Howell.
The productive Howell is on pace to rack up 1,000 receiving yards in the 2019 season. He was a reliable receiver throughout Betsy Layne’s season-opening game versus Martin County.
For Morgan County, junior running back/defensive back Kolby Ferguson.
For Morgan County to put points on the scoreboard, Ferguson must be involved offensively. Without its top four tacklers from the 2018 season, Morgan County will rely heavily on Ferguson defensively as well.
Floyd Central at North Laurel
Who: Floyd Central (0-1) at North Laurel (0-1)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Jungle Stadium, London.
Coaches: Shawn Hager, Floyd Central; Chris Larkey, North Laurel.
Notes: Following a loss to Clay County in its season opener, Floyd Central will head farther south to face North Laurel in London on Friday.
Clay County defeated Floyd Central 44-20 in Week 1.
The Jaguars from Floyd Central, under the direction of third-year head coach Shawn Hager, finished with 300 yards of total offense in the season opener.
Junior quarterback Caleb Hager led Floyd Central in the opener, rushing 10 times for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Finishing behind Hager in the Floyd Central rushing column, Dalton Boyd rushed 20 times for 96 yards and one touchdown.
As a team, Floyd Central rushed 42 times for 278 yards in the game versus Clay County.
In another season opener, Paul Laurence Dunbar defeated North Laurel 35-26.
In 2018, North Laurel missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011. North Laurel has returned seven offensive starters and 10 defensive starters from its 2018 team.
Senior running back/defensive lineman Jake Robinson and sophomore wide receiver/linebacker Jayce Hacker are among the top players back for the Jaguars.
Floyd Central and North Laurel didn’t meet during the 2018 season.
Kickoff for the Floyd Central-North Laurel football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Floyd Central, senior running back/defensive back Dalton Boyd.
After rushing for nearly 100 yards in Floyd Central’s season opener, Boyd will need to produce again for the Jaguars. Boyd ranked fourth in rushing for Floyd Central during the 2018 season.
For North Laurel, senior running back/defensive lineman Jake Robinson.
A two-way standout, Robinson delivers both offensively and defensively. Robinson nearly helped North Laurel notch a win over Paul Laurence Dunbar in the opener.