Magoffin County hosts first home football game since tornado

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Packed stands and happy fans.

"It's definitely exciting!" said football fan Dana Keeton.

But at the Magoffin County High School football game, something else stood out, three words: "we are Magoffin."

Nearly six months ago the Magoffin County High School football field and the buildings surrounding it were nothing more than a path of destruction left by an EF-3 tornado.

"That first morning after it happened, it was, well there was no way that we thought we could play six months later," said Keeton.

But the community came together trying to achieve the nearly impossible.

"What these people have done with this football facility is amazing. To say that we're going to play a home game six months after a devastating tornado, there was nothing here. There was no goal posts, no score board, field had huge holes in it," said Skaggs.

They did it, working right up until the last minute.

"The score board just got finished yesterday, goal posts last night, fencing finished today, so it's been down to the wire," said McCoy.

They say the sense of accomplishment and pride from everyone in the community is more than they could ask for.

"The football team itself is almost a microcosm of the community. We were knocked down. We battled back, and we're now going to play here," said McCoy.

"I can't say enough about our new superintendent also Stanley Holbrook who came in he said we will have home football and by golly we're going to have it tonight," said Skaggs.

And that's exactly what they did.

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