HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hornets outlast Morgan, finish runner-up in district

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WEST LIBERTY - Magoffin County returned to the win column on the road and made some history on Friday night. The Hornets, under the direction of first-year head coach Scotty McCoy, outlasted Class 3A, District 7 rival Morgan County on Friday night, winning 47-42. By prevailing, Magoffin County finished runner-up to Breathitt County in Class 3A, District 7 and earned the chance to host the first home playoff game in the high school football program's history. 

Thanks to the win, Magoffin County improved to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Class 3A, District 7.

As a result of the loss, Morgan County slipped to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the district. 

"It was a very good effort from our team," McCoy commented, following his team's win. "Now, we'll be able to host the first-ever home playoff game in the history of the program. It was a big win. It was a team win. No one player stood out. It was definitely a group effort. Offensively, it was one of our best games of the season."

The Hornets thrived offensively, rushing for 318 yards. Magoffin County also picked up over 200 yards through the air. 

Junior quarterback Ryan Jenkins completed 14 of 22 passes for 201 yards, three touchdowns and one interception for the Hornets. 

Jenkins hooked up with three different receivers. Kris Burton and Dalton Keeton hauled in five receptions apiece for the Hornets. Burton finished with 54 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Keeton delivered 54 receiving yards and one touchdown in the Hornets' victory. 

Matt Patton, who led Magoffin County in rushing, added 41 receiving yards to the aerial attack.

Patton rushed 16 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns. 

Elam, Magoffin County's top rusher for the season, gained 120 yards via 18 rush attempts. 

The two teams swapped leads on various occasions. Morgan County doubled up the Hornets 14-7 in the opening quarter. The Cougars, however, trailed at halftime. Magoffin County outscored the host team 21-6 in the second quarter to lead 28-20 at halftime. 

Morgan County used a touchdown in the third quarter to regain the lead but couldn't hold on for the win. Finishing strong, Magoffin County outscored the Cougars 19-16 in the fourth quarter. 

Gareth Brown led the Magoffin County defense with a game-high 13 tackles. Jordan Brown added 10 tackles for the Hornets. 

Josh Poe delivered nine tackles while Keeton and Devon Puckett chipped in with nine stops apiece for the Hornets. 

Burton and Jordan Brown aided the Magoffin County defensive attack with one interception each. Burton's picked helped to cap the win for the Hornets. 

Kody Thornsberry, one of the state's top running backs, led Morgan County with 265 rushing yards and four touchdowns via 34 carries.

Thornsberry was looking to give Morgan County the go-ahead touchdown on the kickoff return following Magoffin County's final touchdown. Elam, however, prevented Thornsberry from breaking free as he registered the tackle for the Hornets. 

Hunter Collins added 79 yards and one touchdown on 13 rush attempts for Magoffin County in the setback. 

Hunter Adams, Jared Branham and Mikie Whisman led the Morgan County defensive effort with eight tackles apiece. Jared Short followed, adding seven tackles for the Cougars. 

This week, Magoffin County will host non-district foe Lewis County in a regular-season finale.

Magoffin County 47, Morgan County 42
Mo-Kody Thornsberry 23 run (kick fail); Ma-Matt Patton 60 run (Kris Burton kick); Mo-Thornsberry 1 run (Jake Henry pass from Hunter Collins); Ma-Burton 13 pass from Ryan Jenkins (Burton kick); Ma-Jenkins 3 run (Burton kick); Mo-Thornsberry 80 kick return (run fail); Ma-Dalton Keeton 15 pass from Jenkins (Burton kick); Mo-Collins 32 run (kick fail); Mo-Thornsberry 42 run (Thornsberry run); Ma-Jenkins 18 run (Burton kick); Mo-Thornsberry 51 run (Collins run); Ma-Patton 16 run (kick fail); Ma-Keeton 9 pass from Jenkins (run fail).
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Magoffin County....7  21   0  19-47
Morgan County...14    6    6  16-42