EASTERN – Allen Central will visit Magoffin County for a preseason high school football scrimmage on Friday night. Kickoff for the Allen Central-Magoffin County football matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. in Salyersville.
The Rebels are under the direction of veteran head coach Jeremy Hall. A much-improved team, Allen Central has fared well throughout the offseason and preseason.
“We had a great offseason,” Hall commented earlier in the summer. “We had a lot of boys in the weightroom this year and working hard with a sense of purpose. We have been really young the past two years and a lot of our juniors and seniors have now been starting for three to four years. So, we return some very experienced players. The past two seasons have been rough but we have gotten better as players and as a team. We hope to come out as a much more experienced team this year.”
Allen Central ended the 2014 season 3-8. The Rebels lost to former district rival Paintsville in the opening round of the 2014 Class A State Playoffs.
Allen Central is set to compete with Betsy Layne, East Ridge Leslie County, Prestonsburg and Shelby Valley in Class 2A, District 8.
The Rebels are slated to host Phelps for a season-opener on Friday, Aug. 21.
Magoffin County will entertain Allen Central in the preseason game before kicking off the 2015 campaign at Leslie County on Friday, Aug. 21.
Class 3A, District 7 member Magoffin County, under the guidance of head coach Scotty McCoy, exited the 2015 season with a 7-5 record. The Hornets captured a district title prior to falling in the second round of the Class 3A State Playoffs. Magoffin County outlasted Sheldon Clark 34-26 in the first round of the 2014 Class 3A State Playoffs. Lawrence County, however, defeated the Hornets 28-21 in the second round of the Class 3A State Playoffs last season.
High school football teams from throughout the area will take the field for final preseason tuneups before kicking off the 2015 season next week.
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