Blackcats pass, kick their way into record book

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - As the saying goes, "records are meant to be broken." And that was certainly the case last Friday night in Floyd County.

"You know, it's something those guys can look back at. They set a few records. They'll look back at see those things, and they'll remember that night," says Prestonsburg head football coach John Derossett. "I mean, Pike Central put up 5-600 yards of offense. We put up 800. I think you'll remember that night."

1, 536. That's the total number of combined yards in the Prestonsburg Blackcats' 83-49 win over Pike Central on Friday, September 14th. Prestonsburg sophomore quarterback Jarredd Jarrell permanently etched his name in the Kentucky high school record books, throwing for a state record 676 yards, and tying the record for most touchdown passes in a game with nine.

"You know, like you said, we were just clicking," says Jarrell. "The line did a great job, and I threw it to (Bryson Williams and Grant Anderson). You know, they went up and got it. There wasn't much else I could do."

"It's a great feeling when you're offense is clicking like the way we were Friday night," adds sophomore wide receiver Grant Anderson, who caught five passes for 206 yards, while adding four touchdowns. "Jarredd (Jarrell) just did a great job of getting us the ball in space. The offensive line blocked great for us and freed up some holes. I guess we did the rest from there."

In his first game back from injury, Jarrell's top target, senior wide receiver Bryson Williams hauled in eight passes for a record 357 yards, and now ranks second all-time with five touchdown receptions in a single game.

"I made a comeback. Everybody knows about the concussion I had, and had to sit out against Belfry, and I thought I'd make a good return. I mean, eight catches for 357 yards, what they tell me, isn't bad, so I guess it was a good return on that aspect," says Williams.

Even the special teams shined on Friday. Senior kicker Jon Stidham is now second in state history after going a perfect 11-for-11 on extra points, one shy of the single game state record.

"Well, I would go out there and just keep a straight mind, know what I got to do, and just do my job," says Stidham.

The Blackcats say they were not aware of what what was taking place until late in the fourth quarter, and that's when the offense made a switch.

"We had a screen called, but they pressed up, so we audibled to a little go route, a little fade, and Jarredd just threw it up to me," recalls Anderson. "I think he had to get 22 more yards, or something like that, so he just threw it up to me and I got it and took it in from there."

"I'm going to look at it, and I'm going to remember this game forever, for the rest of my life, and it'll be a good memory," adds Stidham.


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