Blackcats drop non-district game to Hazard

By Steve LeMaster -

PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg dropped a non-district game to visiting Hazard on Friday night. Visiting Hazard managed to edge the Blackcats 34-32 in a highly-anticipated high school football game.

With the loss, Prestonsburg dropped to 2-2.

Former state champion Hazard improved to 4-1 with the win.

Quarterback Cole Ratliff led Hazard to the victory. Ratliff, one of the state’s most underrated high school football player,s rushed 16 times for 104 yards and three touchdowns. The Hazard signal-caller also completed 17-of-22 passes for 180 yards and one touchdown for the Bulldogs.

A do-it-all performer, Ratliff registered a team-high eight tackles. Delivering a defensive touchdown, Ratliff returned an interception 47 yards for a score.

Jacob Blanton, Bailey Blair, Jason Johnson and Trey Pollard each hauled in multiple receptions for Hazard in the hard-fought win.

Blanton reeled in five receptions for 61 yards.

On the end of a Ratliff scoring pass, Pollard grabbed five receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown.

Offensively for Prestonsburg, quarterback Bailey Slone completed 21-of-36 passes for 248 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Slone completed scoring passes to Dalton Frasure and Chandler Nelson.

Emerging as Slone’s top target, Steven Little reeled in nine receptions for 131 yards.

Frasure led the Blackcats on the ground, rushing 28 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns.

Prestonsburg is scheduled to host Shelby Valley for a Class 2A, District 8 game on Friday, Sept. 25. Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Shelby Valley football game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium.

By Steve LeMaster

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at

Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at

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