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Hornets turn focus to offseason

SALYERSVILLE — After making an appearance in the 2022 Class 3A UK HealthCare Sports Medicine State Football Finals, Magoffin County has turned its focus to the offseason.

The Hornets exited the 2022 high school football season 4-7. Magoffin County managed to qualify for the Class 3A State Playoffs despite facing much adversity, some of which included season-ending injuries.

“We checked a lot of the boxes this year — getting in the weight room, summer conditioning, 7-on-7 scrimmages and then game practice,” said Magoffin County Coach John DeRossett. “Our players got better every day in all phases of a program. We had our ups and downs like any team, but our players came back the next day ready to work. We go right back at it. Our weightlifting is going strong. Our boosters put together a nice players lounge for meetings and just hanging out together after workouts. That means a lot to our program.”

Magoffin County football teams from multiple levels have enjoyed success on the gridiron lately.

“Our junior varsity team had a good year and our A- and B- teams had great years,” added DeRossett. “The future is bright, but it will take hard work and showing up every day to get better.”

Magoffin County finished fourth in Class 3A, District 8. The Hornets narrowly missed securing the third seed in the district.

“Our staff did a tremendous job,” added DeRossett. “We might add another coach in the offseason. Things don’t change — winter weights, spring practice, 7 on 7s and then the season. We are excited to open up the 2023 season in the oldest bowl game in Kentucky. We will play Montgomery County in Mount Sterling on Saturday, Aug. 19. We are excited for 2023. Thank you to the community, school system, parents and players for making 2022 a fun time.”

Several experienced players are due back on the gridiron for Magoffin County in the 2023 high school football season. Magoffin County will finalize and release its 2023 schedule later in the offseason.

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