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Hornets compete in KHSAA Class 3A State Playoffs

Magoffin County athlete Russell Cruz returned a kickoff for a touchdown for the second straight week on Friday, Nov. 3. Photo || Jim Arnett

PINEVILLE — After winning three of its last four regular season games, much-improved Magoffin County competed in the KHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 3.

Dealing Magoffin County a season-ending loss, Bell County pulled away to defeat the Hornets 62-27 in the opening round of the KHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs.

However, visiting Magoffin County challenged Bell County throughout the postseason matchup.

Magoffin County Coach John DeRossett was quick to compliment his team following the season-ending loss.

“This is the best practice team that I have coached,” said DeRossett. “We have made great strides in our program in a year and a half. We played hard against Bell County and moved the ball up and down the field. We had the next guy up at several offensive line positions and they played physical. We had a couple of tough calls on touchdowns, or we would have been over 40 points on offense. For the second week in a row, Russell Cruz ran a kickoff back for a touchdown. We had guys out in front making great blocks. This team has been awesome to coach and the seniors will be missed. Football creates relationships for life. Now, we will rest up for a couple of days and then get back into the weight room and start preparing for 2024.”

A team on the rise, Magoffin County ended the regular season with back-to-back wins. Following the loss to Bell County, Magoffin County exited the 2023 high school football season 4-7.

In the other opening round games in the KHSAA Class 3A State Football Playoffs it was Union County 28, Adair County 6; Franklin-Simpson 35, Hancock County 8; Hart County 43, Webster County 8; Glasgow 62, McLean County 38; Christian Academy-Louisville 61, Marion County 13; Elizabethtown 23, Garrard County 0; Mercer County 35, LaRue County 19; Central 48, Casey County 6; Lexington Catholic 51, West Carter 0; Russell 42, Bourbon County 8; Lloyd Memorial 55, Fleming County 7; Rockcastle County 49, Estill County 12; Lawrence County 43, Knox Central 6 and Belfry 56, Clay County 36.

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