PRESTONSBRUG - Prestonsburg will host longtime rival Pikeville on Military Appreciation Night to open the 2013 football season. The Blackcats, under the direction of veteran head coach John DeRossett, will enter the 2013 campaign as the favorite in Class 2A, District 8.
Junior quarterback Jarredd Jarrell is back in under center for the Blackcats. As a sophomore, Jarrell completed 163 of 266 pass attempts for 3,151 yards and 32 touchdowns. He completed 18 of 27 passes for a state-record 676 yards and nine touchdowns in Prestonsburg’s 83-49 victory over Pike County Central during the regular-season.
Jarrell also rushed 124 times for 497 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Defensively, Jarrell delivered four interceptions, three fumble recoveries and 37 total tackles.
Following a very successful summer, Dalton Frasure is entering his sophomore season with the Prestonsburg football team. Frasure led the Prestonsburg High School football team in rushing during his freshman season. The productive Frasure rushed for 605 yards and eight touchdowns via 88 carries.
Frasure hauled in 16 receptions for 251 yards and two touchdowns, ranking third in scoring for the Blackcats.
Pikeville is the perennial favorite in Class A, District 8. This season, Pikeville is poised to welcome back its leading offensive and defensive players.
Senior running back/defensive back Chase Hall is back to lead the Panthers. Hall rushed 177 times for 1,519 yards and 21 touchdowns last season.
Junior quarterback Austin Charles is also back for the Panthers. As a sophomore, Charles completed 133 passes for 1,004 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Pikeville quarterback also rushed for 379 yards, scoring four touchdowns via the ground.
Juniors Ben Maynard (426 rushing yards) and Cody Estep (752 receiving yards) are also back for the Panthers.
Defensively, Pikeville returns its top two tacklers from last season, both of whom registered over 70 tackles. Senior Austin Black (DB) and sophomore Daric Pugh (DL) are back to pace the Pikeville defense.
The Panthers finished runner-up in the region last season.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Pikeville football game on Aug. 23 is set for 7:30 p.m.