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Hornets drop home game to Harlan

SALYERSVILLE - After claiming back-to-back wins, Magoffin County slipped back into the loss column in Week 4. Visiting Harlan pulled away to defeat the Hornets 44-12 in a non-district high school football game on Friday night. 

Determined Harlan claimed its first victory in the 2017 season.

With the loss, Magoffin County dropped to 2-3.

Harlan improved to 1-4 with the win.

The Green Dragons rushed for 382 yards. Productive Harlan amassed 446 yards of total offense in the winning effort. 

Kendal Brock led the Green Dragons offensively, rushing 20 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the win.

Jacob Howard ranked as Harlan's second-leading rusher, rushing six times for 97 yards and one touchdown. 

John Brock followed, rushing 11 times for 94 yards and one touchdown in the winning effort,. 

Quarterback Killian Ledford also helped to lead the Dragons offensively, rushing 10 times for 78 yards. Ledford completed 6-of-7 passes for 64 yards and one touchdown in Harlan's triumph. 

Will Varner paced the Dragons in receiving, reeling in five catches for 62 yards and one touchdown. 

Offensively for Magoffin County, Nolan Arnett and Brady Whitaker scored one touchdown apiece in the setback. 

After losing Ryan Mullins to an injury one week earlier, Magoffin County lost Matthew Watkins on Friday night.

Magoffin County will look to have a healthier team when it takes the field for its next game. 

"We're beat up right now," said Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs commented, following his team's lost to Harlan. "We have a few out with injuries and some with season-ending injuries. We have had some great kids step up in some big roles for us here lately. I felt like the Harlan game was going great until we lost Matthew (Watkins). Then it seemed to snowball from there. We have to learn to keep playing when bad things happen. It's never a good thing to lose a teammate and now we've lost two in two weeks to season-ending injuries. We have to learn to keep pushing and keep playing." 

Combs is in his second season as Magoffin County head coach. He is set to guide Magoffin County in the district portion of its schedule. 

Magoffin County has regular-season games remaining versus Powell County, Morgan County, Knott County Central, Estill County and Breathitt County. The Hornets are scheduled to visit Powell County for a Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday, Sept. 22.

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