HI HAT - South Floyd ended the regular-season on a three-game winning streak Friday night, thanks to a hard-fought 38-32 victory over visiting East Ridge.
Senior Weston Little, playing in his final regular-season game in Hi Hat, led the way as South Floyd fended off East Ridge’s challenge at Raider Field.
South Floyd ended the regular-season 5-5 overall and 2-1 in Class A, District 8. The Raiders finished runner-up to Pikeville in District 8 and will host Nicholas County - the third-seed out of District 7 - in the opening round of the Class A State Playoffs.
East Ridge concluded the season 1-9. The Warriors failed to qualify for the Class 3A State Playoffs. East Ridge dropped its last seven games, exiting the campaign winless in Class 3A, District 8.
The tandem of Little and teammate Blake Dye proved to be too much for East Ridge to contain. Little rushed 29 times for 301 yards and three touchdowns. South Floyd’s leading rusher also hauled in a 32-yard reception.
Dye rushed 14 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns. He had a pair of two-point conversions for the Raiders. Little also added a two-point conversion for the South Floyd football team.
Defensively, Jimmy Helton led South Floyd with nine tackles. Little followed, registering eight tackles for the Raiders. Dye and Mack Little recorded seven tackles apiece and Hunter Johnson made six stops for South Floyd in the non-district win.
South Floyd hasn’t lost since falling to Pikeville on Oct. 5. After suffering the loss to Pikeville, over the next two weeks, South Floyd defeated Allen Central and Phelps.
South Floyd has scored 28 or more points in three straight games. Non-district rival Morgan County was the only opponent to hold South Floyd scoreless during the regular-season.
On Thursday night, Allen Central defeated Knott County Central 46-32. In other area games played Friday night it was Belfry 17, Johnson Central 12; Betsy Layne 52, Jenkins 16; Breathitt County 58, Clay County 29; East Carter 41, Morgan County 18; Haysi, Va. 62, Phelps 24; Hazard 50, Sheldon Clark 28; Letcher County Central 62, Greenup County 29; Lewis County 52, Magoffin County 8; Paintsville 20, Berea 14; Pikeville 48, Shelby Valley 8; Pineville 42, Leslie County 12 and Prestonsburg 41, Pike County Central 18.