Mullins carrying heavy load for Hornets

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SALYERSVILLE - Senior Ryan Mullins continues to carry a heavy load for the Magoffin County Hornets on the gridiron. The productive Mullins ranks as as one of Eastern Kentucky's top all-around high school football players. 

Mullins has completed 35-of-69 passes for 547 yards and six touchdowns. The Magoffin County quarterback has thrown only three interceptions in nearly 70 pass attempts. 

As a team, Magoffin County has passed for 592 yards. 

Matthew Watkins leads the Hornets in receiving. Watkins has reeled in a 15 receptions for 202 yards and one touchdown.

Brady Whitaker ranks second in receiving for the Hornets with 190 yards and touchdowns via 13 receptions.

Nolan Arnett and Logan Lovely each have 79 receiving yards for the Hornets. Arnett has scored two touchdowns on pass receptions while Lovely has reeled in one scoring pass. 

On the ground, Mullins has rushed 42 times for 240 yards. Collectively, Magoffin County has rushed for 281 yards. 

Magoffin County has broke free for two rushing touchdowns in three games. Arnett and Whitaker have rushed for one touchdown apiece through the Hornets' first three games. 

Defensively, Mullins has posted a team-high 29 tackles for the Hornets. Ranking second behind Mullins in the defensive category, Buddy Collins and Trenton Caldwell have notched 27 tackles apiece. 

Through three games, opponents have outscored the Hornets 115-56.

Magoffin County has regular-season games remaining versus Betsy Layne, Harlan, Powell County, Morgan County, Knott County Central, Estill County and Breathitt County. 

After upending East Ridge for its first win on Thursday, Aug. 31, Magoffin County is set to visit Betsy Layne for another non-district game on Friday, Sept. 8. Mullins and his teammates will look to add to their offensive and defensive totals on the road against Betsy Layne.