SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County (6-5) is picked to finish second in The Cats' Pause 2014 Kentucky Football Yearbook's Class 3A, District 7 Preview. The Hornets finished runner-up to preseason favorite Breathitt County (7-5) in 2013. Magoffin County is listed ahead of Morgan County (4-7), Jackson County (6-5) and Knott County Central (4-6) in the rankings, which were published last week.
Last season, Magoffin County earned the first home playoff game in school history, compiling a winning record in Scotty McCoy's first season as head coach.
The Hornets flirted with winning the 2013 Class 3A, District 7 title. Breathitt County prevented Magoffin County from winning the district championship, defeating the Hornets 55-49 in a regular-season shootout.
The Hornets' 2013 season consisted of wins over South Floyd, Allen Central, Estill County, Knott County Central, Jackson County and Morgan County.
Magoffin County is poised to return six starters on both offense and defense.
Offensively, senior quarterback Ryan Jenkins is back to lead the Hornets. Magoffin County also returns productive receiver Dalton Keeton.
On the defensive side, Gareth Gray and Josh Poe are both back for the Hornets.
Magoffin County's 2014 schedule features home games versus South Floyd, Allen Central, Knott County Central, Betsy Layne and Morgan County. The Hornets will hit the road for away games versus Powell County, Estill County, Breathitt County, Jackson County and Lewis County during the upcoming season.