Who: Magoffin County (1-2) at Betsy Layne (2-1)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bobcat Field, Betsy Layne.
Coaches: Chris Gamble, Magoffin County; Scotty McCoy, Betsy Layne.
Notes: Betsy Layne head coach Scotty McCoy is poised to guide the Bobcats against his former team.
Magoffin County is set to visit Betsy Layne on Friday night.
Among the most-improved high school football teams in the area, Betsy Layne is off to a 2-1 start in the 2019 season.
Betsy Layne has notched back-to-back wins over Morgan County and East Ridge after suffering a loss in its season opener. Martin County beat Betsy Layne in Week 1.
Sophomore quarterback Chase Mims is leading the Bobcats. A two-year starter, Mims has completed 31 of 50 passes for 460 yards and three touchdowns while throwing four interceptions. The third-leading rusher for Betsy Layne, Mims has rushed 26 times for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
Nicholas Howell (nine catches for 252 yards, four touchdowns) and Chase Hamilton (13 catches for 190 yards, two touchdowns) have emerged as Betsy Layne’s top two receivers.
Betsy Layne is thriving on the ground, averaging nearly 290 rushing yards per game. Through three games, Betsy Layne has rushed 106 times for 869 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Austin Tackett leads Betsy Layne in the rushing column. Tackett has rushed 41 times for 396 yards and four touchdowns.
Following Tackett, Hamilton has rushed 29 times for 193 yards and one touchdown.
Showing his versatility, Mims has rushed 26 times for 178 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, four different Betsy Layne players have posted 20 or more tackles.
Following the first three games in the 2019 high school football season, Magoffin County is 1-2. After rolling past Knott County Central in a season opener, Magoffin County has dropped back-to-back games to Martin County and Breathitt County.
Quarterback Nick Caldwell has completed almost half of his pass attempts for the Hornets. In three games, Magoffin County has amassed 765 yards of total offense. Accounting for nearly half of the Hornets’ yardage, running back Jaylon McDuffus has rushed for 245 yards.
Defensively, Magoffin County features Mason Lovely. The state’s leading tackler with 65 total tackles, Lovely returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown in Magoffin County’s season-opening win over Knott County Central.
Chris Gamble is in his first season as the Hornets’ head coach.
Magoffin County pulled away to beat Betsy Layne 44-0 when the two teams met during the 2018 season.
Kickoff for the 2019 version of the Magoffin County-Betsy Layne football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Betsy Layne, junior running back/safety Austin Tackett.
On pace to rush for over 1,000 yards, Tackett is a workhorse on the ground for the Bobcats. Tackett is averaging 132 rushing yards per game.
For Magoffin County, junior linebacker/running back Mason Lovely.
The state’s leading tackler, Lovely has proven himself to be a solid receiver for the Hornets as well. Betsy Layne will need to be aware of where Lovely is on every snap.
Powell County at Prestonsburg
Who: Powell County (0-3) at Prestonsburg (0-3)
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium, Prestonsburg.
Coaches: Joshua Kincaid, Powell County; Brandon Brewer, Prestonsburg.
Notes: Either host Prestonsburg or Powell County will leave Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium with its first win on Friday night.
Three games into the 2019 high school football season, both Prestonsburg and Powell County are winless.
Current Prestonsburg head coach Brandon Brewer will face his former team for the first time. Brewer left Powell County to come to Prestonsburg in 2018.
Prestonsburg has dropped games to Pike County Central, Lawrence County and Hazard. Thus far in the 2019 season, opponents have outscored the Blackcats 142-33.
Brayden Slone (Jr., QB), John Rose (Sr., RB), Carter Akers (So., RB) and Samuel Kelly (Sr., RB) have combined to account for the majority of Prestonsburg’s offensive yardage three games into the current campaign.
Powell County has dropped games to Montgomery County, Estill County and Bath County. Thus far in the 2019 season, opponents have outscored the Pirates 88-40.
Quarterback Holden Townsend leads Powell County. Through three games, Townsend has completed seven of 18 passes for 233 yards and three touchdowns while throwing one interception.
Jason Mullins paces Powell County in receiving. Mullins has hauled in a pair of receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns.
Justice Harmon and Preston Wasson are combining to pace Powell County on the ground. Harmon has rushed 31 times for 132 yards and one touchdown. Following Harmon in rushing for the Pirates, Wasson has rushed 15 times for 121 yards and one TD.
Defensively, Chimaobi Ajuonuma leads Powell County with a team-high 38 tackles. Following Ajuonuma in the defensive category, Wasson and Justice have posted 36 tackles and 33 tackles, respectively. .
Who 2 Watch: For Prestonsburg, sophomore running back/defensive back Carter Akers.
Among the area’s most experienced young high school football players, Akers helps lead the Blackcats offensively and defensively. Akers is a key rusher for the Prestonsburg football team.
For Powell County, sophomore quarterback/defensive back Holden Townsend.
Averaging one touchdown pass completion per game, Townsend has emerged as an offensive leader for the Pirates. Townsend leads Powell County early in his prep career.
Hazard at Floyd Central
Who: Hazard (1-1) at Floyd Central (1-2)
Kickoff: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Location: Jaguars Stadium, Eastern.
Coaches: Mark Dixon, Hazard; Shawn Hager, Floyd Central.
Notes: Fresh off its first win in the 2019 high school football season, Floyd Central will face a tough test when former Class A state champion Hazard visits on Friday night.
After opening the season with back-to-back losses to Clay County and North Laurel, Floyd Central rolled past visiting Knott County Central 43-7 in Week 3.
The Jaguars defeated Knott County Central handily without starting quarterback Caleb Hager, who is currently sidelined.
Floyd Central is picking up the majority of its yardage on the ground. Through three games, Floyd Central has rushed 118 times for 834 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Dalton Boyd leads Floyd Central in the rushing column. Boyd has rushed 48 times for 18 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Chad Bates leads Floyd Central with a team-high 23 tackles.
Hazard dominated in Week 3, toppling host Prestonsburg 47-14. Thanks to the win over Prestonsburg, Hazard evened its record to 1-1.
Hazard is utilizing a balanced offensive attack. Quarterback Garrett Miller leads the Bulldogs. In two games, Miller has completed 18 of 24 passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns.
As a team, Hazard has rushed 40 times for 255 yards and three touchdowns. Individually, Trajon Campbell, Elijah Gearheart and Reece Fletcher have rushed for one touchdown apiece for the Bulldogs.
Mason Collins and Andrew Ford have emerged as Hazard’s top two receivers. Collins has hauled in five receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Another reliable receiver for the Bulldogs, Ford has reeled on a team-high seven receptions for 109 yards.
Fletcher is pacing Hazard defensively. In two games, Fletcher has recorded 28 total tackles
Prior to knocking off Prestonsburg, Hazard suffered a two-point loss to Harlan County in its season opener.
The Hazard and Floyd Central football teams are set to meet for the first time.
Kickoff for the Hazard-Floyd Central football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Who 2 Watch: For Floyd Central, senior linebacker Chad Bates.
A proven tackler, Bates has emerged as a defensive leader for the Jaguars. The productive Bates is averaging five solo tackles per game.
For Hazard, junior quarterback Garrett Miller.
One of the area’s most underrated high school football quarterbacks, Miller is on pace to pass for over 2,000 yards in the 2019 regular-season. The Hazard quarterback is interception-free through two games.