BUCKLEYS CREEK - An area high school football team will be under the direction of a new head coach that won’t have too long to get familiar with his new team. Pike County Central head coach John Paul Chapman has resigned and will join the Perry County Central coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Chapman will coach defense for the Commodores.
A former assistant coach at Breathitt County, Chapman guided the Pike Central football team for five seasons.
Quarterback Mac Justice (Sr.) and wide receiver Brad Elkins (Sr.) are back to lead Pike Central’s aerial attack. Last season, Justice and Elkins combined to form one of the state’s top quarterback-receiver tandems.
The Hawks finished runner-up to Belfry in both District 8 and Region 4. Pike County Central knocked off Morgan County and former state powerhouse Breathitt County before falling to Belfry in the 2013 Region 4 title game.
Pike County Central scored 457 points in 13 games last season. The Hawks, however, allowed 438 points during the 2013 campaign.
Chapman’s replacement was not known at press time.
Pike County Central is scheduled to open the season versus Whitley County at home on Aug. 22.