STANTON - Prestonsburg suffered its second straight one-point loss on Friday night, falling to host Powell County in its latest outing. Host Powell County stepped up defensively to edge Prestonsburg 28-27.
The Pirates stopped a two-point conversion run from Prestonsburg quarterback Jarredd Jarrell short of the endzone in the final quarter.
The loss dropped Prestonsburg to 1-3.
Powell County moved to 3-0 after posting the win.
The Pirates, under the guidance of head coach Tony Burchett, a Prestonsburg native, executed well after having an extra week to prepare for the Blackcats thanks to an open date.
Matthew Brooks led the Powell County offense. Brooks rushed 27 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns. He and teammate Chance Snowden each completed a touchdown pass.
Brett Goodwin hauled in a pair of scoring receptions for the Pirates.
Each team had some momentum during the non-district matchup.
Prestonsburg struck first, scoring in the opening quarter. After moving out in front with an initial lead, Prestonsburg led 7-0 at the conclusion of the first period.
Powell County, showing the ability to strike quickly offensively, scored three touchdowns in the second quarter to move ahead 21-7 and take an advantage into halftime.
Prestonsburg, however, battled back. The Blackcats scored twice in the third quarter to tie the contest 21-21.
Powell County edged the Blackcats 7-6 in the fourth quarter to pull out the one-point victory.
Jarrell completed 15 of 26 passes for 158 yards with one interception. Jarrell also rushed 17 times for 106 yards and one touchdown.
Jackson Reed led Prestonsburg in receiving. Reed reeled in seven receptions for 67 yards. Chatlin Jarrell and Dalton Frasure added three receptions apiece for the Blackcats.
Frasure rushed seven times for 29 yards and three touchdowns.
Evan Jarrell, Chase Ousley and Sean White led the Prestonsburg defense with nine tackles each. Evan Jarrell also registered two sacks.
Aiding the Prestonsburg defense, Kyle Wallace also recorded a sack.
Prestonsburg will be back in action on the road later this week, playing at Pike County Central.