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Prestonsburg vs. Pike Central: Inside the Game

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a record night last Friday in Prestonsburg. We revisit the Blackcats' game with the Pike Central Hawks one final time in this week's "Inside the Game."

With both teams possessing size, speed, and spread offenses notorious for piling up yardage and lighting up scoreboards, the numbers produced in Prestonsburg's 83-49 win over Pike Central on Friday September 14 may not have come as a surprise. But what may have been surprising is the pace at which those numbers were tallied. The Blackcats led 28-13 at the end of the first quarter, and had a 49-35 advantage at halftime.

"I'm telling ya, when you put that many points on the board. Somebody said it was the WAC times two. But everybody was excited," says Prestonsburg head football coach John DeRossett.

"We were just trying to score every time. You know, that's what we always try to do," says Prestonsburg sophomore quarterback Jarredd Jarrell. "Pike Central was 4-0, and we had to score a lot of points to beat them. That's just how it went."

As discussed all week, the Blackcats either broke or tied several Kentucky state records, highlighted by Jarrell's record 676 passing yards and Bryson Williams' 357 receiving yards. But the Hawks' offense wasn't too far off. Freshman quarterback Mac Justice finished the night with 492 yards through the air and three touchdowns, and wide outs Brad Elkins and Wes Pugh each had more than 130 yards receiving, with Elkins leading Pike Central with 189.

"There were fireworks here," says DeRossett. "I mean, we had fireworks when we came out of the tunnel. Pike Central, they put up 5-600 yards of offense. We put up 800. I think you'll remember that night."

At the end of the night, 128 offensive plays were run, the two teams scored 19 total touchdowns for 132 points, compiled a video game-like 1,536 total yards of offense, and gave football fans here in Eastern Kentucky something to talk about for a long, long time.

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