Blackcats meet media, fans

Prestonsburg continues preseason practice

By Steve LeMaster -

PRESTONSBURG – Members of the media and fans had an opportunity to interact with Prestonsburg High School football players and coaches during the PHS Fall Sports Media Day on Saturday.

Prestonsburg head coach John DeRossett, who also serves as the school’s athletic director, welcomed everyone to the event.

“I would like to thank everyone who helped make our fall sports media day a success,” DeRossett said. “We had all our sports represented and everyone got a chance to interview with the media and take a team photo. We had the most media outlets that we have ever hosted for this event and we thank them for coming out. We always welcome them at Prestonsburg High School to cover our teams. Our hope is to put out a fall sports calendar when we get the pictures back.”

In a quick turnaround after the media day event, Prestonsburg returned to practice at the beginning of the week. The Blackcats are two weeks away from hosting longtime rival Pikeville for a season-opener.

“As far as football, we are progressing,” DeRossett said. “We have good numbers and for the most part the team is working hard. We are back in school and things are a little hectic but we will get in a routine and be ready for the upcoming 2015 season. We need to be very focused in our preparation because we only have one scrimmage and play in Week 0. This only gives us limited time to prepare and evaluate our players. Our coaching staff is doing an outstanding job. I have been occupied with a few things this summer and it is great to show up and things are ready. Our players are being coached by some of the best and the instruction they are getting will be critical each Friday night. Most of all, thanks to our players for getting out of bed for 6 a.m. practices this summer and working hard to put the best possible team on the field. With the right attitude and work ethic. we teach our players that any goal they have in football or life is attainable.

“I was recently given a book titled 212 Degrees and it is a simple easy to understand book about life or football for that matter,” DeRossett confided. “Simply, the book talks about how at 212 degrees water boils and produces steam that can move a locomotive but at 211 degrees it is just hot water. We are trying to get everyone in our program to boil with effort, enthusiasm and commitment to how they play the game of football. Many quit too soon or are just about to break through and become a champion but give up. We talk to them every day about finishing hard, never giving up and giving great effort. We want all of players to be great at football but most of all we want them to be great young men. When one takes care of these things then the winning will come. First things first and follow the plan.”

Prestonsburg will travel to Letcher County Central for a scrimmage on Aug. 14.
Prestonsburg continues preseason practice

By Steve LeMaster

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. You can email him at

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. You can email him at

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