HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: McCoy resigns as Magoffin County head coach

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SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County High School football program is without a head coach following the departure of Scotty McCoy. 

Less than two seasons removed from guiding Magoffin County to its first district championship and appearance in the playoffs, McCoy left the program last week. He vacated the football post after his wife secured a teaching job in Lawrence County.

A former Lawrence County assistant coach, McCoy was expected to join the Bulldog coaching staff. 

McCoy coached the Hornets to a district title in 2014. The Hornets compiled a 7-5 record in 2014, defeating Sheldon Clark in the opening round of the Class 3A State Playoffs before suffering a season-ending loss to Lawrence County. 

Prior to being named head coach of the Hornets, McCoy was an assistant coach on the Magoffin County coaching staff, working with under the direction of his father, former head coach Chester McCoy. 

In another area high school football coaching move, former Magoffin County assistant coach Justin Combs resigned from his post as Clay County head coach. Combs has interviewed for the vacant Magoffin County position. Combs is from Breathitt County. 

Magoffin County is set to host five opponents during the upcoming high school football campaign. The Hornets concluded the 2015 season 2-8, missing out on reaching the Class 3A State Playoffs. 

Magoffin County is preparing to host Leslie County in a season opener on Friday (Aug. 19). Leslie County is favored to win the Class 2A, District 8 championship. 

In addition to Leslie County, Magoffin County is slated to host Shelby Valley (Sept. 2), Morgan County (Sept. 16), Pike County Central (Sept. 23) and Powell County (Oct. 21) during the 2016 season. 

The Hornets have away games scheduled versus Estill County (Aug. 26), Betsy Layne (Sept. 9), Knott County Central (Sept. 30), Breathitt County (Oct. 14) and West Carter (Oct. 28). 

Kickoff for each of Magoffin County's games in the 2016 season is set for 7:30 p.m.

Magoffin County competes in Class 3A, District 7.