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Magoffin County to play on new football field, old field will be remembered

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - When the Magoffin County Hornet take the football field Friday, August 22, it will do so on a brand new surface.

However, the old field will have its own legacy as the new chapter begins.

Chris Elam was part of Magoffin's first-ever varsity football team in 1988. It was a team that one just one game.

Elam has banked memories that will last a lifetime.

"This whole area down here by the river was originally a corn field that the vocational school had the agriculture class," he said. "When you would be on a pass here and you would go into the corner of the endzone, you could end up in the cornfield. There are just a lot of unique things around here."

By the end of each football season, the field turns into a glorified cow pasture - ruts, holes, patches of mud and grass.

Fast forward 25 years later and the Hornets will have a fresh surface in a brand new location to play on this season.

"Anybody who remembers the movie Field of Dreams, that's what it was because our high school baseball field was there too and we didn't have an outfield fence," Magoffin County principal Tony Skaggs said. "The corn was the outfield, so it was just like the movie."

As with anything that makes an impact on one's life, the old field will be missed.

"Back in those days - in 1988 - I mean we were just thankful to get on the field," Elam, who played multiple positions on both sides of the ball, said. "It would not have mattered if it was a rock field, we would have gave it our best shot. Each time I come down here I remember a lot of the old coaches that helped get this program going and all of my teammates."

"Really, there were a lot of the old coaches that helped get this program going and all of my teammates. Really, there were a lot of people involved to help make everybody's dream come true to be able to play high school football."

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