Hornets commit too many mistakes, drop district game to KCC

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SALYERSVILLE - Early mistakes and a slow start led to a Class 3A, District 7 loss for Magoffin County on Thursday night (Oct. 5). Visiting Knott County Central took advantage of Magoffin County's mistakes to pull away to win 47-12 over the homestanding Hornets.

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 2-6 overall and 0-3 in Class 3A, District 7.

Knott County Central improved to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the district with the win. 

"From the start, we shot ourselves in the foot by fumbling on the first play of our opening drive," said Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs. "That gave Knott County Central the opportunity to go up two scores and have the momentum. Their big quarterback threw it around well and their screen game was good. They really didn't hurt us with the deep ball but it was their short passing game and missed tackles that killed us. Knott Central is a talented football team and when they spread you out and throw the football they're dangerous. But we have to get better defensively. Offensively, we have lost quite a bit of our production due to injury but we still have to find some guys that are going to step up and make plays for us."

Knott County Central amassed 537 yards of total offense. The Patriots rushed for 283 yards in the win.

Ty Hollon led Knott County Central on the ground, rushing 13 times for 178 yards and four touchdowns. 

Quarterback Cameron Jones thrived through the air for the Patriots, completing 10-of-19 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns. 

Tyler Kidd led the Patriots in receiving, hauling in three receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns. 

Mason Spencer added one touchdown reception for Knott County Central in the victory., 

Defensively for Knott County Central, Levi Bolin registered a game-high nine tackles and Hollon delivered eight tackles. 

Magoffin County was limited to 158 yards of total offense in the setback. 

A pair of quarterbacks combined to pass for 95 yards for the Hornets in the loss. Lucas Little completed 5-of-10 passes for 69 yards. Another Magoffin County quarterback, Nick Caldwell, completed 5-of-9 passes for 29 yards. 

Nolan Arnett led the Hornets in receiving, reeling in five receptions for 54 yards. 

Arnett also paced Magoffin County on the ground, rushing five times for 42 yards and one touchdown. 

Caldwell added a rushing touchdown for Magoffin County in the loss. 

Defensively for Magoffin County, Mason Lovely registered seven tackles, Grayson Lanning six tackles and Avery Gibson five tackles. 

Magoffin County has regular-season games remaining versus Estill County and Breathitt County. The Hornets are scheduled to visit Estill County for a Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday, Oct. 13.