ROBINSON CREEK - It didn’t take the Prestonsburg Blackcats long to land back in the win column. After falling to reigning Class A state champion Hazard last week, Prestonsburg returned to the win column on Thursday night with a 56-7 victory over Class 2A, District 8 rival Shelby Valley.
Preseason Class 2A, District 8 favorite Prestonsburg improved to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the district.
Shelby Valley, which suffered its second straight loss, slipped to 3-4 overall. The Wildcats opened district play 0-1.
Prestonsburg used 661 yards of total offense to pull away from Shelby Valley. As a team, Prestonsburg rushed for 356 yards. The Blackcats added 205 passing yards.
Sophomore quarterback Jarredd Jarrell continued to be an offensive catalyst for the Blackcats. One of the state’s top sophomores, Jarrell completed 15-of-21 passes for 292 yards and five touchdowns.
Junior Grant Anderson led Prestonsburg in receiving, reeling in eight catches for 180 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior Bryson Williams had 79 yards and two touchdowns on only two receptions for the Blackcats.
Freshman Dalton Frasure led the Prestonsburg rushing attack. Frasure, one of the state’s top first-year high school football players, rushed 11 times for 152 yards.
Anderson ranked as Prestonsburg’s second-leading rusher as he took two carries for 62 yards and one touchdown.
Jarrell rushed six times for 30 yards and one touchdown for Prestonsburg in the district triumph.
Jarrell, senior Adam Griffith and freshman Seth Marcum each had one interception for the Blackcats.
Prestonsburg kicker Jon Stidham connected on eight extra-point kicks.
Prestonsburg backup quarterback Cory Grigsby got in some work in the second half. Grigsby completed three-of-eight passes for 13 yards. He also rushed one time for six yards.
The Prestonsburg defense limited Shelby Valley’s offense throughout the contest. Prestonsburg held Shelby Valley to 160 total yards.
Senior lineman Kinsey VanDine led the Prestonsburg defense with eight tackles. Marcum registered seven tackles, second-most for the Blackcats.
Steven Little and Colton Boleyn each had six tackles for the Prestonsburg defensive unit.
Prestonsburg has this week off. The Blackcats will visit defending Class 2A, District 8 champion Leslie County on Oct. 19 for a key district game.