PRESTONSBURG - State title contender Prestonsburg occupies the number seven spot in the BluegrassPreps.com Class 2A Preseason Football Rankings, which were released on Monday.
DeSales is listed first in the preseason Kentucky high school football rankings. Caldwell County (2), Newport Central Catholic (3), Murray (4), Middlesboro (5) and Glasgow (6) are also ranked ahead of two-time state runner-up Prestonsburg.
The Blackcats are ranked ahead of Bardstown (8), Owensboro Catholic (9) and Somerset (10) in the preseason poll.
Prestonsburg exited the 2013 season with a 7-6 overall record. The Blackcats, under the guidance of longtime head coach John DeRossett, the all-time winningest coach in school history, captured their second straight Class 2A, District 8 championship in 2013. Perennial championship contender Prestonsburg finished runner-up to Somerset in Class 2A, District 4.
Prestonsburg returns most all of its starters from last season.
The Blackcats will kick of the 2014 season at Pikeville on Aug. 22. Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Pikeville football game is set for 7:30 p.m..
Class 2A Preseason
2. Caldwell County
3. Newport Central Catholic
9. Owensboro Catholic