PRESTONSBURG – All four Floyd County high school football teams will begin preseason practice in July. At the conclusion of the current Kentucky High School Athletic Association Dead Period, which will run through July 9, and following graduation and the transfer of two returning starters, the Prestonsburg football team will look to reload instead of taking on the chore of rebuilding during the 2015 season.
In addition to losing a talented senior class to graduation, Prestonsburg lost Seth Marcum and Chatlin Jarrell to neighboring schools. Marcum transferred to Johnson Central. In another move, Jarrell transferred to Pikeville.
Perennial title contender Prestonsburg finished runner-up to much-improved Shelby Valley in Class 2A, Region 4 last season.
Austin Peay commit Dalton Frasure is set to lead Prestonsburg in his senior season. The versatile Frasure, who continues to draw recruiting interest from several other college football programs, can lead from multiple positions on the offensive side and also excels defensively for the Blackcats. Additional senior starters back for Prestonsburg include Jordan Ray (OL/DL), Steven Little (WR/DB), Paul Stanley (WR/DB), Dustin Moore (OL/DL) and Tate Greene (K).
The Blackcats, following a loss to district rival Shelby Valley in the Class 2A, District 4 championship game, concluded the 2014 season 10-3. During the regular-season, Prestonsburg dropped one game in overtime and suffered a one-point loss in another contest.
Prestonsburg is set to compete with Allen Central, Betsy Layne, East Ridge, Leslie County and Shelby Valley in Class 2A, District 8.
Defending champion Shelby Valley returns running backs Chandler Rowe and Kasey Tackett. With a pair of 1,000-yard rushers back on the field, Shelby Valley will look to capture back-to-back region titles.
A newcomer to the Class 2A, District 8, Allen Central is expected to show much improvement after exiting the 20145 season with a 3-8 record. The Rebels return several three- and four-year starters.
Former district title contender Betsy Layne lost 16 seniors to graduation. The Bobcats concluded the 2014 season 6-5.
Former head coach Brad Allen is back at the helm of the East Ridge football program. Allen is set to guide the Warriors after a 5-5 showing in non-district competition in 2014.
Leslie County compiled an 8-3 record and contended for a district championship during the 2014 campaign. The Eagles are expected to push for a title again during the upcoming campaign.
In Class A, District, Chad Hall is set to guide South Floyd in his first season as head coach after replacing Donnie Daniels. Class A, District 8 also features Hazard, Jenkins, Phelps and Pikeville.