SALYERSVILLE - In the end, the Magoffin County Hornets just wanted it more. Magoffin County, under the direction of second-year head coach Scotty McCoy, defeated host Breathitt County 57-49 in double overtime on Thursday night.
The Hornets dealt former multi-time state champion Breathitt County its fifth straight setback.
With the win, Magoffin County improved to 4-2 overall and 2-0 in Class 3A, District 7, taking over first-place in the district.
Following the loss, Breathitt County fell to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the district. The Bobcats haven’t won since defeating district foe Jackson County in their season-opener 29-20.
“It was a big win for our program,” McCoy commented. “Breathitt County is a very well-coached team and the (James) Collins kid is an unbelievable athlete. Our kids gave a great effort. How we faced adversity was the difference in the game. Our kids could have just gave up when we were down but they were determined to win.”
In one of the state’s biggest single-game performances thus far this season, Magoffin County quarterback Dalton Keeton delivered 610 all-purpose yards. The highly-productive Keeton had a hand in on all eight Magoffin County touchdowns.
Keeton completed 14 of 24 passes for 288 yard and four touchdowns in Magoffin County’s thrilling victory. On the ground, Keeton rushed 28 times for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the pivotal district win.
Contributing on special teams, Keeton also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Proven pass-catcher Devan Ables led Magoffin County in receiving. Ables reeled in 11 receptions for 267 yards and four touchdowns.
Another Magoffin County receiver, Dalton Peters, added a pair of receptions for 18 yards.
Aiding the Magoffin County ground game, Gareth Gray rushed five times for 20 yards.
Defensively, Josh Poe paced Magoffin County with 11 tackles. Following Poe in the Magoffin County defensive column, Ethan Minix added nine tackles and one fumble recovery.
Another Magoffin County defender, Chance Allen, added seven tackles while Ables, Peters and Dillon Williams chipped in six stops apiece.
Cody Mullins and Lucas Connelley chipped in with five tackles each for the Magoffin County defensive unit.
Magoffin County has posted back-to-back wins. The Hornets have prevailed in three of their last four outings.
Magoffin County blanked Knott County Central 53-0 in a Class 3A, District 7 opener on Sept. 26. In addition to the district wins over Breathitt County and Knott County Central, the Hornets have compiled non-district wins over South Floyd and Allen Central.
District frontrunner Magoffin County returned to practice earlier in the week, turning the focus to its next opponent.
Magoffin County will visit Jackson County on Friday, Oct. 10. Kickoff for the Magoffin County-Jackson County football game is set for 7:30 p.m.