Blackcats enter offseason with momentum

Steve LeMaster slemaster@civitasmedia.com

December 4, 2013

PRESTONSBURG - After turning around its season and finishing runner-up in Class 2A, Region 4, Prestonsburg earned the label of one of the state’s top Class 2A teams. Prestonsburg will enter the 2014 season as one of the top contenders for the Class 2A state championship.

A host of key offensive players, including quarterback Jarredd Jarrell, running back Dalton Frasure and receivers Cbatlin Jarrell, Jackson Reed and Evan Jarrell will also be back for the 2014 season.

Plus a host of linemen and key defenders, including the squad’s top three tacklers - Sean White, Chase Ousley and Brennan Goble, all of whom registered over 100 tackles each.

Then there’s Seth Marcum. After missing the regular-season portion of his sophomore campaign, Marcum came on strong and helped to lift Prestonsburg throughout the postseason. Marcum will also be back for the Blackcats.

“We got better as a team each week and ended up right where we wanted to be - in the regional championship game at home,” Prestonsburg Coach John DeRossett commented earlier in the week. “We are in a very competitive region and beating Lexington Christian, Danville, Somerset and Middlesboro just to get the opportunity to play Newport Catholic in the semifinals is a huge task. We beat two of them and played Somerset down to the wire. Somerset had 16 seniors and was an outstanding opponent. We were leading going into the fourth quarter and had our chances.”

Shortly after the setback to Somerset in the regional championship game, DeRossett’s aunt, Lucille, passed away.

“I would like to thank all our staff, players, parents, student body and community for their support,” DeRossett added. “I would especially like to thank everyone for their kindness with the passing of my Aunt Lucille. She was pulling for our boys each week and the Blackcats were the only team she supported. It was sad to see the season end with such a fine group of young men. We told them after the game that unless you win a championship that everyone who plays sports loses their last game and this doesn’t make you a loser. The pursuit of a championship and the relationships you make on a team like our 2013 team are bonds that will last for a lifetime. Now is a time for a short rest period, playing other sports and getting back to work for 2014. I wish everyone a great Christmas season.”

The Prestonsburg football team has not yet finalized and released its schedule for the 2014 season.