Breathitt County Bobcats practice in Richmond after losing field in flooding

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Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 7:23 PM EDT
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BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - After the flooding that devastated much of Eastern Kentucky, the Breathitt County Bobcats are without a home.

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The football team has not had a home field for a little more than a week, but they have still had to find a way to prepare for the upcoming season.

Mike Holcomb, a former coach for Breathitt County and the man whose name graces the field, offered the Bobcats a home away from home.

Holcomb invited the team to practice at Madison Central, giving them a field and shelter when they lost their own.

Madison Central High School Principal Brandon Fritz says that after hearing some of the players’ and coaches’ stories, they partnered with EKU and Southland Christian Church to give out some surprise gifts.

$6,000 worth of gift cards were donated to allow players to go on a shopping spree, while one church member gave away his car to assistant coach Casey Allen, who was without one after losing everything in the floods.

“There’s good people out here, guys,” said Casey Allen, Assistant Coach for Breathitt Co. Football. “We’ve been surrounded by so much love, and I feel--I don’t feel like I deserve this.”

Coaches say the Bobcats are expected to take off from Madison County tomorrow, but Fritz adds they will be happy to help again if necessary.

Coach Allen is asking for continued prayers for Breathitt County and the entire region.

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