Blackcats continue spring practice

Steve LeMaster slemaster@civitasmedia.com

April 29, 2014

PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg High School football program is closing in on the conclusion of spring practice. After a solid winter in the weight room, many Prestonsburg football players are thriving on the practice field.

“We have a great bunch to work with, it has been enjoyable to get out each day and go to work,” Prestonsburg Coach John DeRossett commented on Tuesday. “Our staff sees a big difference in our strength and speed. Our players worked hard this winter and you can see it paying off. We have a few that still need to work on their conditioning to keep up with the tempo of our practices. But no one gives up and they get right back in there and keep grinding it out until they get it right. We haven’t had any live contact and will not this spring. You can get a lot done with the schedule we are following. I can see the competition for positions being very intense when we come back for summer practices. This bunch got a taste of the playoffs last year and I think they will be hungry to get back and they understand how competitive our district and region are going to be this upcoming season. We have four-to-five more practice depending on the weather and we will get back to the weightroom and summer camps.”

Prestonsburg ended the 2013 season 7-6. The Blackcats fell to Somerset in the Class 2A, Region 4 championship game. Visiting Somerset managed to edge the Blackcats 28-21. Prestonsburg posted wins over Sheldon Clark, Betsy Layne, Shelby Valley, Leslie County, Lawrence County, Lexington Christian and Danville during the 2013 campaign.