Goal Line Stand gives the Cats 13-6 win
by EC Athletics Staff
The Edmonson County Wildcat football team opened up the regular season by winning a hard fought 13-6 victory over AAAA Taylor County at Campbellsville University this past Friday night. After a heat advisory pushed the start time back by almost 2 hours, EC found a way to edge out a win over a much bigger Taylor County football team.
The Wildcats moved into the red zone on several occasions in the first half, but came away empty. They finally broke through when sophomore quarterback Jake Dial scored on a rollout from 7 yards. The extra point was missed to leave the score at 6-0 with 1:59 left in the first half. Taylor County then quickly moved the ball down field before scoring on a 21 yard draw play with just 20 seconds left to go. The Wildcats blocked the extra point attempt to keep the score tied at 6-6 going into halftime.
The second half was much like the first with both team’s defense being dominant. The Wildcats broke the tie with 8:08 left in the game when sophomore running back Daniel Caudill took a sweep around the left end for a 3-yard touchdown run. Freshman kicker Brett Brannon added the extra point for a 13-6 lead. Both teams traded possessions and were forced to punt. Taylor County mounted one last drive, aided by a pass interference call on the Wildcats, and what looked like an illegal play where a Cardinal snuck off the sidelines for a 24-yard pass to get the Cardinals to the 1-yard line. The Wildcat defense would not break however. The Wildcats stopped two straight quarterback sneak attempts. The Cardinals then spiked the ball on 3rd down to stop the clock. On 4th and 2, senior defensive end John Finch tackled the 285 pound running back low knocking the big back down at the 5-yard line. The Wildcat offense then took a knee to run the last few seconds off the clock for the 13-6 win.
With the win, the Wildcats begin the season 1-0, and head coach Kyle Pierce says they are very fortunate. “The game could have gone the other way very easily. I thought we outplayed them most of the game, but we had some lapses in concentration. We knew they would have some plays on us because they were so big, but we had way too many penalties for false starts. We had the ball deep in their territory, but didn’t put points on the board. We had way too many blocking assignment mistakes offensively. But our kids made plays when they had to. So, if we can play that bad and win, hopefully that means our team will get these things corrected and play better as the season progresses.”
The Wildcats now turn their attention to Elizabethtown. The Panthers are ranked by many in the top ten in Class AAA. Pierce says they may be one of the best teams the Wildcats will see all year. “E-town is very well coached. They have one of the fastest players in the state and they do a good job offensively with their Wing-T offense of making you play disciplined football. Defensively, they are fast up front and really fly to the football. We'll have to play extremely well to compete. It will be our first home game of the season, so hopefully we'll have a great crowd supporting our Wildcats.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 CST Friday night at Wildcat Stadium in Brownsville.
Edmonson Voice Staff
The Wildcat Football team will open the 2014 season tonight on the road at Campbellsville University against the Cardinals of Taylor County. The Wildcats defense will have their hands full as Taylor County, a 4A school, will rely on their 285lb running back to give them an offensive edge. Head coach Kyle Pierce says that the Cardinals offensive line is very big, most all within the 275-290lbs range, which will put pressure on the Wildcats defense. “That’s what concerns us defensively, the way they can get into a rhythm with their running game,” Coach Pierce said. “Their running back is capable of breaking long runs, and again, he’s 285lbs, so we have to make sure we’re hitting him low,” he added.
Edmonson County lost 14 seniors from last year’s squad, but still has 12 returning for 2014. Pierce said, “A lot of these underclassmen played quite a bit last year, so we still have good experience this year.” He also said “I hope we’re further along defensively than offensively, because if we can simply move the ball on the offensive, I think we’ll be in really good shape.” He also said that they have a new kicker this year, a freshman, Brett Brannon. Although inexperienced, he has been impressive thus far. Sophomore Jake Dial will be in the quarterback role. Even though he’s young, Coach Pierce said Dial played the position in some games last year and the coaching staff was impressed by his decision making. He feels that Dial will be able to put the Wildcats in a good position to make plays. Returning at running back is senior John Finch, along with Daniel Caudill. Pierce feels confident in the receiving crew as a whole: Drew Decker, Dakota Carner, Garry Foley, (all seniors) and junior Jarod Hines. “Again, all these guys have experience, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can do,” Pierce said.
Coach Pierce believes that one of the main keys to success for this year is staying healthy. “We got hit by the injury bug the last two years,” he said. “We had some of our best players out with injuries…those things happen, but they really hadn’t happened to us prior to a couple years ago. If we stay healthy, I really like our team, we’re in good shape…having injuries worries you some, but we feel our guys are ready.”
Pierce stresses that the main focus is not necessarily on wins and losses, but making sure that they’re playing their best football at the end of the year. He said that obviously wins are important, but if the Cats are playing well through October, then hopefully they’re in a good position to win in the playoffs. In 11 years as head coach, Pierce says he’s had a little bit of everything. Will this year’s team be like the 2011 squad, going 10-0 in the regular season? Being in a tough district will certainly bring challenges to the Wildcats, but Pierce said, “We can’t worry about everybody else…we’re going to worry about us. If we’re playing our best at the end of the year, then that’s all I can ask of these kids.”
Pierce was very gracious for the interview with the Edmonson Voice, and stressed how social media and internet news can help Wildcat fans stay connected to the team this year. Tonight’s game has been pushed back to 8:30 pm, central time, due to the excessive heat index. You can listen to the game live on www.gowildcatnation.com. Stay connected to the Edmonson Voice for Wildcat Football coverage throughout the season.
Edmonson Voice Staff
On Wednesday, the ECHS Golf team discovered a bit more than they bargained for during their match against Butler County. For golfers who are familiar with the conditions at Park Mammoth, they know that there is always a chance to encounter snakes, as the course is surrounded by deep woods. Head coach Tommy Webb has always let his players know that a ball hit in the woods needs to stay in the woods. At each match, according to assistant coach Granville Meredith, each player, including the visiting team, gets a quick lesson on snakes before each match. "If you hit a ball in the woods or high weeds, simply drop a ball, count one stroke, and proceed," he said. "There ARE snakes in there." Those words were proven as Laura Grace Meredith, who was driving onto the property, ran over the almost four foot rattler on the road just off the tee box at hole 17. Coach Webb placed the dead snake in the back of a golf cart and showed all players what can get up-close and personal if they're not cautious. Although it's extremely rare to experience a rattlesnake in main areas of play, coach Meredith says you should always be careful. "Park Mammoth is a great place to play and is also very safe," he said. "But stay out of the woods and the weeds. Adding another stroke is always better than getting snake bitten,"