Hornets to host non-district rival Betsy Layne

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SALYERSVILLE - After posting back-to-back district wins, Magoffin County will step out of district competition later in the week when it hosts Betsy Layne on Friday night. 

Magoffin County (5-2) will entertain entertain a Betsy Layne team that has dropped two of its last three games. The Bobcats, however, hung around with district foe Leslie County last week. Leslie County remains undefeated after beating the Bobcats 44-30. 

Betsy Layne (4-3) has notched non-district wins over Phelps, Allen Central, Knott County Central and South Floyd. The Bobcats have dropped games to Leslie County, Prestonsburg and Sheldon Clark. 

Senior quarterback Peyton Case is responsible for most of Betsy Layne’s offense. Through seven games, Case has completed 96 of 158 passes for 1,707 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. A dual-threat quarterback, Case has rushed 75 times for 520 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Case in second in rushing on the team to Jonathan Brock, who has rushed 87 times for 624 yards and five touchdowns. 

Through the air, Case has completed scoring passes to six different players. Lako Daniels (608 yards, four touchdowns) and Dustin Rogers (542 yards, 10 yards) rank as Betsy Layne’s top two receivers. 

Brock paces the Betsy Layne defense with a team-high 53 tackles. 

Quarterback Dalton Keeton continues to lead the Hornets. Keeton has completed 37 of 68 passes for 802 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. 

Keeton leads Magoffin County in both passing and rushing. The Magoffin County quarterback has rushed 93 times for 614 yards and six touchdowns. 

Devan Ables leads the Hornets in receiving. Thus far, Ables has hauled in 30 -pass receptions for 738 yards and nine touchdowns. 

Gareth Gray ranks second in rushing behind Keeton. Gray has rushed 51 times for 320 yards and three touchdowns for the Hornets. 

Directly behind Gray in the Magoffin County rushing column is Dalton Peters, who has rushed 49 times for 310 yards and five touchdowns. 

Defensively, Keeton has registered three interceptions and Josh Poe leads Magoffin County with a team-high 55 tackles. Others high on the Magoffin County tackles chart include Gray (50 tackles), Ables (48 tackles), Cody Mullins (40 tackles), Ethan Minix (37 tackles), Colton Williams (34 tackles) and Peters (32 tackles).

Magoffin County will be looking to enact some revenge against Betsy Layne, which competes in Class 2A, District 8. Betsy Layne topped the Hornets 54-14 in 2013. 

Kickoff for the Magoffin County-Betsy Layne football game is set for 7:30 p.m.