PRESTONSBURG – The Prestonsburg football program has finalized and released its schedule for the 2017 season.
The Blackcats, under the direction of veteran head coach John DeRossett, have thrived throughout the offseason.
Prestonsburg will start the 2017 season with three straight home games before facing a newfound rival in its fourth week.
The Blackcats will kick off the 2017 season at home versus North Laurel on Aug. 25.
After North Laurel comes to Floyd County for the Blackcats’ season opener, Prestonsburg will host Lawrence County (Sept. 1) and Breathitt County (Sept. 8).
Prestonsburg will visit upstart Floyd Central for its first away game on Sept. 25.
The Blackcats have additional home games scheduled with Class 2A, District 8 rivals Leslie County (Sept. 29) and East Ridge (Oct. 13).
Prestonsburg has other away games Hazard (Sept. 22), Shelby Valley (Oct. 6), Betsy Layne (Oct. 20) and Perry County Central (Oct. 27) on its 2017 slate. Tradition-rich Prestonsburg is slated to visit Perry County Central for a regular-season finale in late-October.
The Blackcats concluded the 2016 season 6-5. Prestonsburg lost to visiting Somerset in the opening round of the Class 2A State Playoffs.
Leading rusher Ethan Varney is among the players due back on the field for the Blackcats. Varney rushed 107 times for 1,009 yards and 18 touchdowns for Prestonsburg during the 2016 season.
Aug. 25 North Laurel, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1 Lawrence County, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 8 Breathitt County, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at Floyd Central, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 at Hazard, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 Leslie County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Shelby Valley, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 13 East Ridge, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 20 at Betsy Layne, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 27 at Perry County Central, 7:30 p.m.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.