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Hornets turn focus to summer workouts

SALYERSVILLE — Magoffin County is going through summer workouts in preparation for the 2022 high school football season.

John DeRossett is poised to guide Magoffin County in his first season as the Hornets’ head coach. DeRossett came to Magoffin County from Cabell Midland, a state title contender in neighboring West Virginia. A Floyd County native, DeRossett served as an assistant coach on the Cabell Midland coaching staff during the 2021 high school football season.

Prior to his stint with the West Virginia high school, DeRossett was an assistant coach on the University of Pikeville football program’s coaching staff.

Earlier in his coaching career, DeRossett flourished at Prestonsburg High School. In DeRossett’s final season at Prestonsburg, the Blackcats won the 2017 Class 2A, District 8 title and reached the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs. DeRossett compiled a 176-94 record over 22 seasons as the Blackcats’ head coach. His career record is 193-112.

Within the district, John DeRossett-coached high school football teams were 82-17. He guided Prestonsburg to three region championships and one state runner-up finish.

Under the direction of head coach Chris Gamble, Magoffin County compiled a 6-4 record and reached the KHSAA Class 3A State Playoffs in 2021. The Hornets notched district wins over Floyd Central and Pike County Central during the 2021 high school football season.

Magoffin County is slated to conduct its final workout of the week on Thursday, June 10.

The Hornets will open preseason practice in July.

Magoffin County competes in Class 3A, District 8.

The Hornets are scheduled to visit non-district rival Breathitt County for a season opener on Friday, Aug. 19.

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