BETSY LAYNE – With the conclusion of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s Dead Period, several local high school football teams are returning to the gridiron, beginning preseason practice in preparation for the upcoming campaign. Betsy Layne will host South Floyd, Magoffin County, Paintsville and Jackson County for a passing league event on Saturday. A closer look at the teams set to compete in the Betsy Layne-hosted passing event follows.
Following a loss to Danville in the first round of the Class 2A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, Jonathan Parsons-coached Betsy Layne ended the 2014 season 6-5. The Bobcats lost 16 seniors to graduation.
South Floyd is set to make a passing league debut under the direction of first-year head coach Chad Hall on Saturday. In longtime head coach Donnie Daniels’ final season in 2014, South Floyd finished 5-6.
Magoffin County captured its first-ever district title in Class 3A last season, knocking off longtime frontrunner Breathitt County in head coach Scotty McCoy’s second campaign. The Hornets took a 7-5 record out of the 2014 campaign.
Recent University of Kentucky commit Kash Daniel is poised to lead Paintsville. After finishing runner-up to Raceland in Class A, Region 4, the Tigers exited the 2014 season with a 10-3 record.
Following a loss to eventual back-to-back state champion Belfry in the opening round of the Class 3A Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl, Jackson County concluded the 2014 season with a 2-9 record.