Hornets headed to Estill County for next district clash

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SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County is set to travel to Estill County for its next Class 3A, District 7 game on Friday, Oct. 13.

The Hornets are 2-6 overall and 0-3 in Class 3A, District 7. Magoffin County has claimed wins over East Ridge and Betsy Layne while suffering losses to East Carter, Lawrence County, Harlan, Powell County, Morgan County and Knott County Central. 

Through its first eight games, Magoffin County has been outscored 336-156. 

Estill County is 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the district. The Engineers have dropped games to Paintsville, Western Hills, Bath County, Morgan County, Breathitt County and Powell County. Estill County's lone win thus far in the 2017 season was over Boyd County on Sept. 15.

Despite Estill County's losing record, Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs expects a tough test for his team in its latest matchup.

"Estill County has a few of kids back from injury and they run the football well," commented Magoffin County Coach Justin Combs. "We're gonna have our work cut out for us. We have to tackle and force some turnovers. Defensively we have to get more physical as well - stop reaching to tackle and put our shoulders in there and wrap up. Estill County runs the football hard and will be another big challenge this week."

Combs continues to look for new offensive leaders for the Hornets week in and week out after Ryan Mullins suffered a season-ending injury. 

Estill County relies heavily on the run. Through seven games, Estill County has rushed for 1,933 yards. Logan Beckler leads the Estill County rushing attack. In six games, Beckler has rushed 92 times for 612 yards and three touchdowns. 

Justin Stamper ranks second in rushing for the Engineers. In seven games, Stamper has rushed 85 times for 438 yards and three touchdowns. 

Defensively, Jason Watkins leads Estill County with a team-high 31 tackles. 

Estill County has been outscored 247-147 through its first seven games. 

Kickoff for the Magoffin County-Estill County football game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Irvine.