Magoffin-Sheldon Clark football scrimmage set for Friday

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SALYERSVILLE - Magoffin County will venture to Martin County for a preseason high school football scrimmage at Sheldon Clark on Friday. The highly-anticipated three-team scrimmage will feature Magoffin County, host Sheldon Clark and Ashland. 

Fresh off hosting its first home playoff game in school history, Magoffin County boasts over half of its starters from the 2013 season. Six starters are back on both offense and defense for Magoffin County as the Hornets prepare to head into the 2014 campaign. 

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 district rankings.

Productive Magoffin County compiled a winning record in Scotty McCoy’s first season as head coach. The Hornets, following a loss to Lawrence County in the opening round of the Class 3A State Playoffs, exited the campaign with a 6-5 record. 

The Hornets pushed to win the 2013 Class 3A, District 7 title. Former multi-time state champion 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 suffered additional regular-season losses to Powell County, Betsy Layne and Lewis County last year. 

Sheldon Clark concluded the 2013 season 0-10. The Cardinals, who compete in neighboring Class 3A, District 8, dropped games to Prestonsburg, Betsy Layne, Pikeville, Letcher County Central, Belfry, Lawrence County, Ashland Blazer, Pike County Central, Hazard and Breathitt County. Struggling offensively, Sheldon Clark was limited to eight or fewer points in seven of 10 games last season. The Cardinals, however, figure to be much-improved under the guidance of veteran head coach Shawn Hager in 2014.

Ashland (8-4) finished runner-up to Johnson Central (11-1) in Class 4A, District 8 in 2013.The Tomcats return All-State running back Quinton Baker (Jr., 5-10, 180), who already holds an offer from the University of Kentucky.
Ashland compiled an 8-4 record under head coach Tony Love last season. 

Magoffin County will host South Floyd for its season-opener on Aug. 22. Kickoff for the Magoffin County-South Floyd football game is set for 7:30 p.m.