PRESTONSBURG – Host Prestonsburg prevented Breathitt County from breaking into the win column on Friday night, defeating the visiting Bobcats 40-14 in a high school football game at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.
The matchup served as a Homecoming game for the Blackcats.
With the loss, Breathitt County dropped to 0-3.
Prestonsburg improved to 2-1 with the win.
The Bobcats and Blackcats are longtime rivals, familiar foes who used to square off in the postseason often.
Leading Prestonsburg to the win, senior Dalton Frasure, an Austin Peay State University commit, rushed 21 times for 181 yards and three touchdowns and hauled in three pass receptions for 77 yards and another score in the winning effort.
Prestonsburg quarterback Bailey Slone completed 11 of 25 passes for 236 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Wesley Hager led Prestonsburg in receiving, reeling in three pass receptions for 131 yards and one touchdown.
Pacing the Blackcats defensively, Paul Stanley registered 12 tackles. Frasure recorded 11 tackles and Jordan Ray registered 10 stops for Prestonsburg in the victory.
Hager, Steven Little and Drake Nunnery each had one interception for the Blackcats.
Breathitt County fell behind early and had to play from behind throughout the non-district game.
Prestonsburg led 12-0 before Breathitt County got on the scoreboard. James Fletcher Collins scored Breathitt County’s first touchdown on a 5-yard run. Then, allowing Breathitt County to pull within four points of the Blackcats, quarterback Cameron Stacy connected with Ethan Little on a two-point conversion pass.
Another touchdown later in the game wouldn’t be enough to lift the Bobcats to the win on the road.
Instead, Prestonsburg erupted offensively.
Prestonsburg proved to be a much-improved high school football squad after splitting its first two games, pulling away for the victory.
The Blackcats will host Hazard on Friday, Sept. 25. Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Hazard football game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Josh Francis/Blackcat Stadium.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.