SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County senior Christian Gamble had been looking to help his team advance the postseason for quite some time. In November, Gamble and his teammates reached the postseason and competed in the KHSAA Class 3A Playoffs.
Magoffin County was short-handed in the postseason. However, the Hornets who did compete in the Class 3A Playoffs made memories.
“It was a dream come true,” Gamble, a middle linebacker, said. “It was the only time in my four years playing high school football that we made the playoffs. I wish we would have had our whole team in the playoffs but we still competed.”
Gamble, who made the move to middle linebacker from safety, ranked fifth in tackles for the Hornets during his senior season.
Following former head coach Justin Combs returning to Breathitt County to become an assistant coach, Chris Gamble took over the Magoffin County football program in 2019.
Christian Gamble played for his father throughout his junior and senior seasons.
“I started playing for my dad in the fourth grade,” the younger Gamble commented. “I’ve always had respect for him as my dad and as a coach.”
The Gambles have made many memories on the gridiron.
“Coaching your son is hard,” Magoffin County Coach Chris Gamble confided. “I’ve always been hard on him to make sure he earned it. Christian worked hard throughout his high school football career, earning a starting position at middle linebacker. In four years, he only missed two practices – one for a doctor’s appointment and another for a dentist appointment that he couldn’t get out of going to. Christian has shown leadership and a good work ethic.”
Set to graduate from Magoffin County High School in the spring, Christian Gamble hasn’t ruled out following in his father’s footsteps and coaching football in the future.