PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg Blackcats will look to shake off a season-opening loss to Pikeville on the road tonight in Martin County. Prestonsburg is poised to visit Sheldon Clark for another non-district game.
The Blackcats led at the end of each of the first three quarters against Pikeville but faltered late.
Pikeville outscored Prestonsburg 20-0 in the fourth quarter to prevail 37-20 on Military Appreciation Nation at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
“I felt like we played a fair first half versus Pikeville and then in the second half I think our inexperience and conditioning began to show,” said DeRossett. “We have been working on those factors all this week and trying to get healthy. We had several players injured or ill and we are trying to get those players back. I think our team looked at the film and saw our mistakes and has been working to improve.”
Sheldon Clark had Week 0 open. Prestonsburg managed to defeat Sheldon Clark 48-40 in a high-scoring early-season matchup last year.
“This week, we play a big Sheldon Clark team that will be prepared to play,” DeRossett commented. “It will be really hot, so conditioning and hydration will be key factors along with executing the game plan. I would like to thank everyone who made our Military Appreciation Night a great event. Our parents and school worked very hard to make everything come off as smooth as possible. I would especially like the thank Mayor Jerry Fannin and all the great employees of the City of Prestonsburg - they never turn us down and are always on site to lend a helping hand. We hope to make next year’s event even better and maybe we will hold up our end of the bargain and win the game.”
Veteran head coach Shawn Hager guides Sheldon Clark. The Cardinals compiled a 4-7 record last season.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Sheldon Clark game is set for 7;30 p.m.