WEST LIBERTY - Magoffin County pushed for a win in Week 6 of the 2018 high school football season but fell short. Host Morgan County managed to defeat the Hornets 34-24 in a Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday night.
Longtime rivals, Magoffin County and Morgan County battled in the tradition-rich Sorghum Bowl.
"We played well but we gave up a few big plays that cost us," Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs said, following his team's district loss to Morgan County. "It just seems like right now we are a few plays away from winning games. We have to find a way to win those close games."
Magoffin County continued to pick up rushing yards.
"We ran the ball very well," said Combs. "When you can go all game and not punt the football that is a good thing. But when you fumble in the redzone and have some penalties that cost you, it’s hard to win those close games. We have to learn to battle through the adversity and get those close games."
After giving up multiple big plays, Magoffin County settled down and played well on the defensive side.
"Defensively we struggled at first but in the second half we played wonderful," commented Combs. "A few mental errors here and there that gave up big plays cost us. I think we will get it wrinkled out for the next three weeks."
Morgan County dealt Magoffin County its third straight loss. The Hornets' current losing skid consists of additional losses to Harlan and Powell County.
Magoffin County has regular-season games remaining versus Class 3A, District 7 rivals Knott County Central, Estill County and Breathitt County.