PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Prestonsburg football is entering year two under head coach Brandon Brewer.
The Blackcats tallied only two wins a year ago and still have plenty of youth on this year's roster, meaning some young guys are going to have to step up on the gridiron for the Blackcats this fall.
"There are two seniors on our team this year, we are going to have to have some young kids to step up and play football," said head coach Brandon Brewer.
"Just help them get better, make sure they are doing everything right," said senior linebacker/running back Samuel Kelly.
"The attitude is right, the effort is there and they are committed to what we are doing," said Brewer.
There's room for plenty of growth on the Prestonsburg roster entering this year's campaign. The Blackcats did make a first-round appearance in the Class 2A playoffs last fall, falling to Lexington Christian in that game.
Their underclassmen have some more experience which they hope guides them to greener pastures, but the one thing that the team mentioned that sets them apart from other teams which may help get them there, is their speed.
"We've got a lot of speed, our linemen are getting stronger," said Kelly. "We've got some speed in our line."
"Our speed, man. We've got some speed," said junior quarterback Brayden Slone. "We might not have size, but we've got that speed. Our linemen are getting stronger and our backs are getting stronger and faster and we are just going to use that as an advantage and overpower people with it."
After the redistricting, Prestonsburg stays in Class 2A but the Blackcats get some new district foes.
Shelby Valley and East Ridge remain, but the district adds Bath County, Martin County, and West Carter.
Prestonsburg goes on the road to Pike Central to start their season off with the Hawks.