PRESTONSBURG - It’s the second week of November, where else would the Prestonsburg Blackcats be but in the regional semifinals? Prestonsburg, a tradition-rich program under the direction of highly-successful head coach John DeRossett, has made a habit of piling up postseason wins. The Blackcats notched another postseason win in the opening round of the Class 2A State Playoffs last week. Lexington Christian Academy was the latest postseason casualty for the Blackcats. Prestonsburg defeated LCA 36-15.
So, who’s next?
Prestonsburg (6-5) will host longtime rival Danville (6-5) on Friday night at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
Danville defeated visiting Shelby Valley 30-12 to advance to the Class 2A, Region 4 Semifinals.
The Admirals finished runner-up behind Middlesboro in Class 2A, District 7.
“We have prepared all week to be in position defensively to make plays - they are so fast if you don’t play your assignment perfect they will be gone,” DeRossett said. “We have stressed all week the importance of paying great assignment football and playing physical. We played pretty well against them last year but turnovers and missed tackles hurt us. Again, a lot of that is due to their outstanding team speed. We will see Friday. I cannot say enough about how this team has matured throughout the season and never given up. They have been a fun bunch to coach. They practice hard and play all-out on Friday nights and that is all you can ask for in a team. At 2-5 , many times I have seen pro and college teams give up. It is refreshing to see teenagers on a high school team who play for the love of the game overcome obstacles and be at a place many other would like to be this time of year.”
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Danville game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Marcum makes strong return: Sophomore Seth Marcum is back for the Prestonsburg defense. After returning from an injury that nearly made him miss his entire sophomore season, Marcum posted nine tackles in Prestonsburg’s opening round win over Lexington Christian Academy.
Frasure over 1,000 rushing yards and counting: Prestonsburg sophomore running back Dalton Frasure has rushed 173 times for 1,069 yards and 19 touchdowns. While leading Prestonsburg in rushing, Frasure ranks as the team’s second-leading receiver. Frasure has hauled in 46 pass receptions for 524 yards and three touchdowns.
Jarrell closing in on 2,000 passing yards: Prestonsburg junior quarterback Jarredd Jarrell is closing in on 2,000 passing yards. Jarrell has completed 165 of 262 passes for 1,912 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Blackcats.
The Prestonsburg signal-caller could also reach 1,000 rushing yards before his junior campaign comes to a close. Jarrell has rushed 161 times for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The versatile Jarrell has also registered a team-high seven interceptions (188 return net yards, two touchdowns) for the Blackcat defensive unit.
Chat paces P’burg in receiving: Sophomore Chatlin Jarrell leads Prestonsburg in receiving. He has hauled in 55 catches for 597 yards and five touchdowns. Chatlin Jarrell has aided the Prestonsburg defense with 52 tackles and four interceptions.
Ousley leads Prestonsburg defense: Through 11 games, Chase Ousley has recorded a team-high 121 tackles (50 solos) for the Prestonsburg Blackcats.
Other key tacklers for the Prestonsburg defense include Sean White (96 tackles), Brennan Goble (79 tackles), Kyle Wallace (74 tackles) and Evan Jarrell (65 tackles).