PRESTONSBURG - Following a heartbreaking one-point loss to Knox Central, Prestonsburg returned to practice earlier in the week. The Blackcats will visit Powell County on Friday night.
Powell County is undefeated. The Pirates, who had last week as an open date on their schedule, started the season with back-to-back wins over Lynn Camp and Magoffin County. The Powell County football team is under the direction of head coach Tony Burchett, a Prestonsburg native.
The loss to Knox Central dropped Prestonsburg to 1-2. Prestonsburg lost a season-opener to Pikeville before shutting out Sheldon Clark in Week 1.
Despite ultimately suffering the setback over the weekend, Prestonsburg played well.
“We are getting better but we continue to make mistakes that are costly,” Prestonsburg Coach John DeRossett commented, following the Blackcats’ loss to Knox Central. “We did not finish several drives in the redzone area and we turned the ball over at critical times. Our effort was good and with hard work each week in practice we will get this team where it wants to be when the playoffs come.”
Despite suffering the loss, Prestonsburg had a good experience in the bowl game.
“It was a great bowl to play in and the Clay County boosters club should be commended for an outstanding event,” DeRossett added.
Prestonsburg went back to work shortly after returning home from Clay County.
“It was a late night for all of our players and staff and our attention turned quickly to Powell County,” DeRossett confided. “We basically lost a day of preparation but our team has remained focused for a really tough team in Powell County. I played for Coach (Tony) Burchett and I know he will have his team ready to play. Again, we are on the road and we need to use every minute we have either on the practice field, weight room, or film study to improve each day.”
In addition to Powell County, Prestonsburg has regular-season games remaining with Pike County Central, Betsy Layne, Hazard, Shelby Valley, Leslie County and Lawrence County.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Powell County football game is set for 7:30 p.m.