PRESTONSBURG – Prestonsburg held off Floyd County foe Allen Central to win 42-30 in a highly-anticipated Class 2A, District 8 football game at Josh Francis Field/Blackcat Stadium on Friday night.
With the win, Prestonsburg improved to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in Class 2A, District 8.
Allen Central slipped to 6-2 overall and 2-2 in the district with the loss.
Each team had a player injured during the district bout. Allen Central lost Brodey Smith to an injury, while Prestonsburg’s Wes Hager suffered a broken leg. Hager has led the Blackcats offensively throughout the 2016 season.
“We played a solid game except in the area of special teams,” Prestonsburg Coach John DeRossett commented. “We will continue to work on our kickoff coverage. Allen Central has a good team. Coach (Jeremy) Hall and his staff have done an outstanding job. I suspect when he gets to the new school he will just keep up what he has done at Allen Central. We lost Wes Hager with a broken leg. He is a winner on and off the field of play. He was trying to go back in the game. He will continue to lead us just not directly in the huddle. Thanks to our community and bleacher creatures for the big turnout and support. We had some special visitors as Dr. Andrew Burchett got to come in for a game. It was great to see him and his dad, Dr. Blake Burchett. Also, his brother Michael is coaching at WVU and they are now 5-0 in the Big 12 Conference. Blake and Becky are proud parents.”
Prestonsburg has quickly turned its focus to another Floyd County rival.
“This week it’s Betsy Layne, so now we move on to another county opponent,” DeRossett confided. “I love this team and how hard they play.”
Official statistics from the Prestonsburg-Allen Central football game were unavailable at press time. More on the Class 2A, District 8 gridiron matchup will appear in the Friday, Oct. 21 edition of The Times.
Both Prestonsburg and Allen Central are set to host Class 2A, District 8 football games on Friday, Oct. 21. The Blackcats are slated to host Betsy Layne and Allen Central is scheduled to entertain Shelby Valley. Kickoff for each upcoming Class 2A, District 8 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.