PRESTONSBURG – Longtime football foes Prestonsburg and Breathitt County will renew their rivalry on Friday night. In the latest installment of the tradition-rich high school football series, Prestonsburg will host Breathitt County for a highly-anticipated matchup.
Fresh off an open week, Prestonsburg boasts a 1-1 record. Following a loss to visiting Pikeville on Aug. 21 in a season-opener, Prestonsburg upended Sheldon Clark in Inez on Aug. 21.
Through two games, Prestonsburg senior Dalton Frasure, an Austin Peay commit, has rushed 61 times for 350 yards and two touchdowns. Frasure has also hauled in a scoring reception.
Bailey Slone and Drake Nunnery have split time at quarterback for the Blackcats. Slone has completed seven of 13 passes for 125 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He has hooked up with Frasure and newcomer Wesley Hager on scoring passes.
Nunnery has connected on five of seven passes for 21 yards.
Defensively, seven different Blackcats have reached double digits in the tackles column. Paul Stanley leads Prestonsburg with a team-high 28 tackles. Dylan Kidd has posted 21 tackles and Frasure 19 tackles for the Blackcats.
Jordan Ray (15 tackles), Steven Little (15 tackles), Hager (13 tackles) and Bailey McCoy (11) are other top tackles for Prestonsburg through its first two games.
Breathitt County is 0-2 following back-to-back losses to Perry County Central and Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, Ohio. The Bobcats were open in Week 0.
Senior quarterback/defensive back James Fletcher Collins continues to lead Breathitt County as the Bobcats look to return to the top in Class 3A, District 7.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Breathitt County football game is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.