PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg finished runner-up in the University of Kentucky-hosted 7-on-7 passing tournament on Saturday. The Blackcats fell to Bryan Station in the championship game of the highly-competitive high school 7-on-7 tournament.
Prestonsburg, under the direction of veteran head coach John DeRossett, defeated Paintsville, Butler County and Breathitt County in pool play.
Following its successful three-game pool play stint, Prestonsburg beat Western, Franklin County and Lexington Catholic.
Bryan Station managed to fend off the Blackcats in the championship game.
Defending champion Prestonsburg is the preseason favorite in Class 2A, District 8. Fresh off an impressive postseason run, Prestonsburg (7-6) returns nearly all of its starters and is poised to contend for a state title.
After turning around its season and finishing runner-up in Class 2A, Region 4, Prestonsburg regained the label of one of the state’s top Class 2A teams. The Blackcats will enter the 2014 season as one of the top contenders for the Class 2A state championship.
A host of key offensive players, including running back Dalton Frasure (1,240 rushing yards, 537 receiving yards), quarterback Jarredd Jarrell (2,102 passing yards; 879 rushing yards) and receivers Chatlin Jarrell (648 receiving yards), Jackson Reed and Evan Jarrell are back for the 2014 campaign.
An experienced offensive line features junior Jordan Ray and senior Miles Goodman, among others.
On the defensive side, the squad’s top three tacklers - Sean White, Chase Ousley and Brennan Goble - all return. White, Ousley and Goble each had 100-plus tackles apiece for the Blackcats in 2013.
After missing the regular-season portion of his sophomore campaign, Seth Marcum came on strong and helped lift Prestonsburg throughout the 2013 postseason. Marcum will also be back for the Blackcats.