All four Floyd County high school football teams are set to take the field for season openers on Friday night. Two of the four Floyd County teams will square off against each other while the two other squads will venture to neighboring Pike County for games.
Allen Central at Phelps: The Allen Central Rebels face the challenge of visiting Phelps for the Hornets’ first game on their new home field. Former Kentucky Wildcat David Jones is Phelps’ new head coach and is already faring well on the sidelines. Jones, a longtime Belfry assistant coach, guided Phelps past former state semifinalist Sheldon Clark in a scrimmage last week.
Allen Central and Phelps are former district rivals. Phelps, however, won’t compete in a district during the 2016 season.
Kickoff for the Allen Central-Phelps football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Prestonsburg at Pikeville: Prestonsburg has the tough task of taking on reigning Class A state champion Pikeville in its season opener.
The Blackcats lost Dalton Frasure to graduation and will have to rely heavy on others for leadership throughout the 2016 season.
Pikeville will pack a 10-game winning streak into the home game versus Prestonsburg.
Kickoff for the Prestonsburg-Pikeville football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
South Floyd at Betsy Layne: Floyd County foes and non-district rivals, the South Floyd Raiders and Betsy Layne Bobcats are set to meet for the final matchup in a lengthy series. Betsy Layne has the luxury of having the game on its home field.
The Bobcats will look to return to the win column after concluding the 2015 season winless.
Kickoff for the Betsy Layne-South Floyd football game is set for 7:30 p.m.
Steve LeMaster is the editor of The Floyd County Times. He can be reached at (606) 886-8506.