HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Defense showing improvement early

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SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County head coach Justin Combs likes what he has seen from his defensive unit thus far in the preseason. Combs and his Hornets are just over two weeks from taking the field for their highly-anticipated season opener. 

"Practice is going great," Combs commented. "Our defense is looking much better right now. We have more depth on defense this season and more speed as well. We re going to try to play a more aggressive style defense this season and try to cause some turnovers. That is something we didn't have a whole lot of last season. We have to win that turnover ratio every game to be successful and that's what we have been working on this summer. Our tackling has gotten much better also. The team chemistry is amazing right now. These guys hold each other and themselves accountable. If they see a teammate struggling they go over to them and try to pick them up." 

Offensively, Combs has turned his focus to Magoffin County's linemen. 

"Our offense will have some speed in our skill positions but my main focus has been our linemen," confided Combs. "They are working harder and harder and looking better with each day."

Combs is headed into his second season as head coach of the Magoffin County football team. The Hornets opened preseason practice in July.

Magoffin County concluded the 2016 season, Combs' debut campaign as head coach in Salyersville, 2-8. The Hornets posted back-to-back wins over Betsy Layne and Morgan County. Magoffin County suffered losses to Leslie County, Estill County, Shelby Valley, Pike County Central, Knott County Central, Breathitt County, Powell County and West Carter. 

Magoffin County finalized and released its 2017 schedule in the spring. The Hornets are slated to host East Carter in a season-opener on August 18.

Familiar opponents fill Magoffin County's 2017 schedule. 

Magoffin County has additional home games scheduled versus Harlan (Sept. 15), Morgan County (Sept. 29), Knott County Central (Oct. 6) and Breathitt County (Oct. 20).

The Hornets are slated to visit Lawrence County (Aug. 25), East Ridge (Sept. 1), Betsy Layne (Sept. 8), Powell County (Sept. 22) and Estill County (Oct. 13) for other games. 

Magoffin County is due to host Class 3A, District 7 rival Breathitt County for a regular-season finale on October 20. The Hornets and Bobcats will tangle in a key late-season Class 3A, District 7 matchup. 


Magoffin County head coach Justin Combs is preparing to guide his team into the 2017 season. Combs complimented his defensive unit earlier in the week. 

photo courtesy of Bluegrass Sports Nation