HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hornets set to host Lawrence County in first-ever home playoff game

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SALYERSVILLE - The Magoffin County Hornets are set to compete in the Class 3A State Playoffs - at home. Class 3A, District 7 runner-up Magoffin County is preparing to host Class 3A, District 8 No. 3 seed Lawrence County in the high school football program's first-ever home playoff game. 

The Hornets, in head coach Scotty McCoy's first season as the helm of the program, finished runner-up to Breathitt County in Class 3A, District 7. Only six points separated Magoffin County from former state powerhouse Breathitt County when the two teams met in a regular-season matchup that shaped up to be the Class 3A, District 7 championship game. 

Magoffin County compiled a 6-4 overall record, securing the second-best record in school history. The Hornets also scored the most points in school history in the 2013 regular-season.

During the regular-season, Magoffin County outscored opponents 392-273. The Hornets defeated South Floyd, Allen Central, Estill County, Knott County Central, Jackson County and Morgan County during the 10-game regular-season. Magoffin County dropped games to Powell County, Breathitt County, Betsy Layne and Lewis County over the last 11 weeks. 

Lawrence County finished third in Class 3A, District 8. The Bulldogs ended their district race behind second-place Pike County Central and perennial district frontrunner Belfry. 

Lawrence County, after being awarded a win via forfeit over non-district foe Fairview, last year's Class A runner-up, finished its regular-season 7-3. Lawrence County, however, exited the regular-season on a three-game losing skid. 

Over 10 regular-season games, Lawrence County outscored opponents 356-237. Lawrence County registered wins over Boyd County, Rowan County, Fairview, Breathitt County, East Carter, Raceland and Sheldon Clark during the regular-season. The Bulldogs have lost games to  Pike County Central, Belfry and Prestonsburg over the last four weeks. 

Magoffin County and Lawrence County are similar football teams. 

"Lawrence County is a very good ballclub," McCoy commented. "Joey Cecil is an excellent coach. I had an opportunity to coach with him at Lawrence County a couple of seasons ago. Lawrence County is a fundamentally-sound football team and will come in ready to play." 

The Hornets have averaged 39 points per game thanks in part to a talented quarterback and a dynamic rushing duo. Magoffin County quarterback Ryan Jenkins has passed for nearly 1,800 yards and running backs Clay Elam and Matt Patton have combined to rush for over 1,800 yards. 

Gareth Gray leads the Maoffin County defense with 118 tackles through 10 games. 

Senior quarterback A.J. Cyrus directs the Lawrence County offense. The Bulldogs have used a used a balanced offensive attack that features running backs Ricky Goble and Derek Ferguson.

Timmy Dalton and Noah Lambert rank as Lawrence County's top-two receivers. 

In addition to Magoffin County and Lawrence County, Paducah Tilghman, Adair County, Monroe County, Trigg County, Fort Campbell, Edmonson County, South Warren, Webster County, Central, Casey County, Bell County, Elizabethtown, Henry County, Corbin, Wayne County, LaRue County, Bourbon County, Fleming County, Russell, Estill County, Garrard County, Lewis County, Mason County, Powell County, Breathitt County, Sheldon Clark, Pike County Central, Morgan County, Belfry and Jackson County are also set to compete in the Class 3A State Playoffs.      

Kickoff for the Magoffin County-Lawrence County football game is slated for 7:30 p.m.