BETSY LAYNE - After losing three games by four points, Prestonsburg returned to the win column on Friday night. Prestonsburg claimed a key Class 2A, District 8 win in its latest outing, pulling away to defeat host Betsy Layne 40-19 in front of a huge crowd on the hill.
Following a scoreless first quarter, Prestonsburg edged Betsy Layne 14-13 in the second period. The Blackcats managed to stretch their slim lead in the second half. Prestonsburg led 22-13 at the conclusion of the third quarter and used an 18-6 scoring advantage in the final period to post the win.
“I feel like we have improved throughout each week and played better in the Betsy Layne game, ” Prestonsburg Coach John DeRossett commented. “Credit goes to Coach Parsons and his team - they played hard and are very talented. I thought our team stayed focused throughout the week and didn’t listen to all the Internet chatter about how bad we supposed to get beat.We studied our films, had good practices and for the most part went out and executed the game plan. I give a lot of the credit to our coaching staff. They put in extra time and conducted practice sessions in a way to help us win. Our team would like to thank the community and student body. Our fan support at the game was super and the atmosphere was electric. Betsy Layne is going to be a tough out for any team they play the rest of the year.”
Prestonsburg junior quarterback Jarredd Jarrell completed 13 of 14 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Jarrell rushed 20 times for 73 yards and one touchdown for the Blackcats.
Sophomore Dalton Frasure led Prestonsburg on the ground, rushing 16 times for 82 yards and one touchdown.
Evan Jarrell hauled in two touchdown receptions for the Blackcats.
Dalton Frasure led Prestonsburg in receiving with four catches for 55 yards.
Chatlin Jarrell hauled in five catches for 50 yards.
The Prestonsburg defense limited Betsy Layne to 29 rushing yards on 13 carries.
Chase Ousley led the Prestonsburg defensive unit with eight tackles. Sean White added seven tackles for the Blackcats.
Senior quarterback Dylan Hamilton led Betsy Layne. Hamilton completed 22 of 44 passes for 244 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Peyton Case led the Bobcats in receiving. Case reeled in six receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns.
Dylan Meade added a 41-yard scoring reception for the Bobcats.
Houston Hall and Case led the Betsy Layne defense with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.
Both Prestonsburg and Betsy Layne will be back in action this week. Betsy Layne will visit county foe South Floyd on Thursday night while Prestonsburg entertains Hazard Friday night. Kickoff for each non-district game is set for 7:30 p.m.