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Hornets remain sidelined in regular season’s final week

SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County remains sidelined in the final week of the 2020 high school football season.

Magoffin County sophomore athlete Aden Barnett closed in to make a tackle during a game versus Martin County in September. Photo || Jim Arnett

SALYERSVILLE – Magoffin County remains sidelined in the final week of the 2020 high school football season.

The Hornets are 3-3 overall and 1-3 in Class 3A, District 8. After opening the season 3-3, Magoffin County’s last three regular-season games have been canceled due to COVID-19.

The Hornets have notched wins over Betsy Layne, Martin County and Class 3A, District 8 rival Floyd Central. Magoffin County has dropped games to district rivals Belfry, Lawrence County and Pike County Central.

Senior quarterback Lucas Litteral is among the leaders for the Hornets. In six games, Litteral has completed 70 of 151 passes for 1,234 yards and 16 touchdowns. Literal, who has thrown five interceptions, ranks as the Hornets’ second-leading rusher. The Magoffin County quarterback has rushed 37 times for 180 yards and three touchdowns.

Aden Barnett paces Magoffin County in receiving. Barnett has hauled in 24 receptions for 434 yards and seven touchdowns.

Brad Standifer has reeled in 19 receptions for 414 yards and three touchdowns for the Hornets.

Ranking as the Hornets’ third-leading receiver, Grayson Whitaker has claimed nine receptions for 194 yards and three touchdowns.

As a team, Magoffin County has rushed 111 times for 676 yards and six touchdowns. Leading Magoffin County on the ground, Caleb Howard has rushed 19 times for 183 yards.

Third in rushing behind Litteral, Barnett has taken 19 carries for 129 yards and three touchdowns for the Hornets. Barnett is one of the area’s most versatile young high school football players.

Defensively, Howard paces Magoffin County with a team-high 58 tackles. Brayden Standifer (34 tackles), Ben Lafferty (29 tackles), Levi Rudd (27 tackles) and Christian Gamble (24 tackles) follow Howard defensively for the Hornets.

Under the direction of Coach Chris Gamble, Magoffin County has qualified for the Class 3A State Playoffs.

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