PRESTONSBURG - The Prestonsburg Blackcats will visit Boyd County for a preseason scrimmage on Saturday. Non-district rivals Prestonsburg and Boyd County will both take the field for season-opening games in Week 0.
Prestonsburg (7-6) is once again the preseason favorite in Class 2A, District 8. The Blackcats have won back-to-back Class 2A, District 8 titles.
Experienced Prestonsburg, under the guidance of head coach John DeRossett, returns nearly all of its starters from the 2013 season.
After turning around its season and finishing runner-up in Class 2A, Region 4, Prestonsburg regained the label of one of the state’s top Class 2A teams. The Blackcats will enter the 2014 season as one of the top contenders for the Class 2A state championship.
A host of key offensive players, including running back Dalton Frasure (1,240 rushing yards, 537 receiving yards), quarterback Jarredd Jarrell (2,102 passing yards; 879 rushing yards) and receivers Chatlin Jarrell (648 receiving yards), Jackson Reed and Evan Jarrell are back for the 2014 campaign.
An experienced offensive line features junior Jordan Ray and senior Miles Goodman, among others.
On the defensive side, the squad’s top three tacklers - Sean White, Chase Ousley and Brennan Goble - all return. White, Ousley and Goble each had 100-plus tackles apiece for the Blackcats in 2013.
After missing the regular-season portion of his sophomore campaign, Seth Marcum came on strong and helped lift Prestonsburg throughout the 2013 postseason. Marcum will also be back for the Blackcats.
Prestonsburg will visit Pikeville for a season-opener on Aug. 22.
Boyd County and Greenup County are expected to push for a postseason berth in the five-team Class 4A, District 8. The Lions advanced to the 2013 Class 4A State Playoffs.
Prestonsburg High School graduate John Gilliam is headed into his season season at the helm of the Boyd County football program. The Lions (1-10) fell to state powerhouse Highlands in the opening round of the 2013 Class 4A State Playoffs.
Senior tight end/defensive end/punter/kicker Zac Bruner, senior offensive lineman/linebacker Seth Caudill, junior running back/safety Tanner Edmonds and senior offensive lineman/defensive lineman Tank Peterman are among the top returnees for the Lions.
Boyd County will host Lawrence County for a season-opener on Aug. 22.
The start time for the Prestonsburg-Boyd County football scrimmage is set for 6 p.m..