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Hornets earn first district win

EASTERN — Magoffin County amassed 506 yards on the way to defeating Floyd Central 46-16 in a Class 3A, District 8 game on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Following the win, Magoffin County improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in Class 3A, District 8.

The Hornets set the tone early and gradually distanced themselves from Class 3A, District 8 rival Floyd Central.

Magoffin County led at the conclusion of each quarter, doubling up Floyd Central 16-8 in the opening period.

The Hornets led 28-8 at halftime and remained ahead throughout the second half.

Magoffin County led 40-16 at the end of the third quarter.

The Hornets averaged nearly 10 yards per carry. Magoffin County rushed 48 times for 471 yards and six touchdowns.

Aden Barnett led Magoffin County’s offensive onslaught. rushing 19 times for 271 yards and four touchdowns.

Showing his versatility, Barnett completed one of four passes for 35 yards and one touchdown. Barnett connected with Grayson Whitaker on a 35-yard scoring pass.

Ben Lafferty followed Barnett’s leading effort on the ground for the Hornets, rushing 16 times for 148 yards and one touchdown.

Another Magoffin County running back, Ian McCarty, rushed seven times for 54 yards and one TD.

Curtis Jenkins led the Hornets on defense, recording 11 tackles, one tackle for a loss and one sack.

Lafferty, a talented two-way starter for the Hornets, added nine tackles.

Helping to pace Magoffin County defensively in the district win, Ian McCarty added seven tackles, three tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Following McCarty, Caleb Perkins and Brayden Standifer added five tackles apiece for the Hornets.

Magoffin County Coach John DeRossett was quick to compliment his team’s effort following its district win.

“We played a good all-around game,” said DeRossett. “We had everyone healthy. I was glad to see them get the win.

They have worked hard in the weight room, practice and film study. Our offensive line and defensive line stepped up and our skill guys put up some really good numbers.”

Magoffin County is scheduled to visit Pike County Central for a Class 3A, District 8 game on Friday, Oct. 14.

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