Hornets defeat Jackson County for key district win: Gray, Keeton lead balanced Magoffin County to victory

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McKEE - Class 3A, District 7 frontrunner Magoffin County notched another pivotal district win on Friday night. In its latest outing, Magoffin County defeated host Jackson County 24-14 to remain undefeated in highly-competitive Class 3A, District 7.

The Hornets defeated Jackson County for their third straight win. 

With the win, Magoffin County improved to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in Class 3A, District 7.

As a result of the loss, Jackson County dropped to 0-7 overall and 0-3 in the district. 

The Hornets used a balanced offensive attack to prevent Jackson County from entering the win column for the first time in the 2014 season.

Magoffin County faced a very capable group of Generals in the road test. Six of winless Jackson County’s seven losses have been by 10 points or less. In seven games, opponents have outscored the Jackson County football team 192-109. 

Three players took carries out of the Magoffin County backfield. On the ground for the Hornets, Gareth Gray rushed 19 times for 145 yards and one touchdown. 

Quarterback Dalton Keeton, continuing to produce for the Hornets, rushed 16 times for 71 yards and one touchdown in the district win. 

Another Magoffin County rusher, Dalton Peters, added 54 yards via seven carries. 

Through the air, Keeton completed six of 15 passes for 115 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

The productive Gray led Magoffin County in receiving, reeling in three receptions for 41 yards. 

Devan Ables followed, adding two pass receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown. 

The versatile Peters, chipping in on Magoffin County’s passing game, netted a 37-yard reception. 

Defensively, Keeton registered a pair of interceptions for the Hornets. 

Ethan Minix led the Magoffin County defense with nine tackles. Following Minix in the Magoffin County defensive category, Gray and Cody Mullins added six stops apiece. 

Contributing defensively, Peters, Josh Poe, Colton Williams and Dillon Williams delivered four tackles apiece for the Hornets in the victory. 

Magoffin County’s remaining regular-season schedule will feature games versus Betsy Layne, district counterpart Morgan County and Lewis County. The Hornets will host Betsy Layne at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 17. 


Magoffin County High School 
2014 Schedule/Results 
Aug. 23 South Floyd, 47-28 (W)
Aug. 29 at Powell County, 18-27 (L)
Sept. 5 Allen Central, 27-8 (W)
Sept. 12 at Estill County, 6-48 (L)
Sept. 26 Knott County Central, 53-0 (W)
Oct. 2 at Breathitt County, 57-49 (W)
Oct. 10 at Jackson County, 24-14 (W)
Oct. 17 Betsy Layne, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24 Morgan County, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31 at Lewis County, 7:30 p.m.