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The Edmonson County Wildcats fell to Butler County, ranked ninth in the state on Friday night 35-28, but head coach Nathan Smith says he sees far more than just an (L) in the score book.
The Wildcats struck first in Morgantown taking an early 6-0 lead in the second quarter on Daniel Caudill's 6 yard touchdown run. Butler County struck back when the Bears' Ty Smith caught a Rex Henderson pass for a touchdown with 9:48 left in the half. The extra point gave the Bears a 7-6 lead.
With 7:14 to go, Wildcat QB Tucker Cole turned a 15 yard run into a touchdown as EC regained the lead 12-7, but failed to convert on the extra two point attempt.
Butler County then broke through the Wildcat defense as the Bears' Brendon Shanklin scored a touchdown on a 75 yard punt return with 3:28 to go in the half. Seconds before halftime, EC's Daniel Caudill scored on a 4 yard run and regaining the lead 20-15 at the half.
The Wildcats found themselves behind as BC's Henderson found some room and scored the touchdown on a 50 yard run as the Bears were back on top 21-20 with 3:53 left in the third.
EC's Tucker Cole found Logan Lindsey for a huge 75 yard touchdown reception and Caudill's two point conversion gave the Wildcats the lead again at 28-21 with just under three minutes in the third quarter.
The lead was squeezed again as another Butler county TD narrowed the score to 28-27 at the start of the fourth quarter. The game went down to the wire as the Bears were able to execute with just over three minutes to go with another touchdown, adding a two point conversion fora 35-28 lead that would be the final score.
"I saw a ton of great things from our team," said Head Coach Nathan Smith. "We showed that we're tough enough to play football at a high level. We played 14 players offensively and defensively in a very physical football game and controlled it for over three quarters."
Smith said after the game he told his players that although they took the loss, there was still plenty from which to build. He said of course they wanted the win, but being a non-district match up would not have a major effect, if any, on their playoff situation. "We'll need to fix our mistakes so we will be prepared to play some of the good teams that are in our district," he added.
He said he was most impressed with the toughness showed by his team, and because of it, it took all four quarters and everything the ninth ranked team in the state had in order for them to get the win.
"We wanted it more than Butler County did early on, and it showed. They didn't expect us to be in the ball game as most Bowling Green media outlets picked us to lose by 40. In the end, they just made a few more plays then we did in the 4th quarter."
Smith and his team went back to work today and will prepare for the annual contest against the Grayson County Cougars in an attempt to keep the coveted "Tobacco Stick," the trophy for being the "Tobacco Bowl" winner. It will be the first home game of the season for the Wildcats as they host the Cougars this Friday at ECHS at 7pm. You can listen to WildcatsLive with Scott and Bryan only on EdmonsonVoice.com.
View From Wildcat Alley: Coaches Haley Garmon, Nathan Smith, Plus Senior Sawyer Spainhoward
This week's show is jam-packed with ECHS Volleyball, Football, and Cross Country! We hear from Coach Haley Garmon, Coach Nathan Smith, and turn the Senior Spotlight on Sawyer Spainhoward in this episode, so you don't want to miss it...find that play button!
Be sure to follow @wildcatslive, @JOscarJr, and @WynCaudill on Twitter!
Darren Doyle, story and photos
The Lady Cat volleyball team had little trouble with the visiting Glasgow Scotties last night at ECHS as they won 2-0, (25-9, 25-16) winning their last five out of six games. The team has put together a positive turnaround since losing a preseason scrimmage game and the first four games of the season.
Edmonson County dominated Glasgow in the first set, jumping out to a 6-0 lead and forcing a Lady Scotties timeout. Glasgow could never get into a rhythm and Edmonson County scored the last 6 points of the set as they won 25-9.
A strong start also propelled EC to a commanding lead in the second set as Glasgow was forced to call timeout with a Lady Cat lead of 9-3. An 8-0 Edmonson County run put the set and the game out of reach for Glasgow as EC went on to win the set 25-16 and the game 2-0.
The Lady Cats now have a record of 5-5. They are 1-1 in District 12 play. They will take on Hart County on Monday, 8/22 at Hart County in a F/JV/V match beginning at 5pm.
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It took all five sets and extra points to do it, but the Lady Cats muscled their way through a difficult game against their district foes, the Grayson County Lady Cougars 3-2 Tuesday night at ECHS.
Edmonson County got off to great start, winning the first set 25-14 thanks to an impressive 9-0 run that put the set out of reach for the Lady Cougars. No one knows where Grayson County's mojo was hidden during the first set, but they quickly found it for set two as they blistered the Lady Cats in a 15-3 start.
Lady Cat coach Haley Garmon was forced to use both timeouts before her girls could score three points. EC was able to put up a couple of nice runs but Grayson went on to win the set 25-21 and even up the game at 1-1.
Sets three and four were solid examples of good, old fashioned volleyball as both teams went back and forth, splitting the sets, and forcing a fifth and final set to 15.
Set five began with a 5-5 tie but EC quickly added three unanswered points, forcing Grayson County to call a timeout at 8-5. Grayson scored the next point but EC rattled off three more, again forcing the Lady Cougars to use their final timeout as the Lady Cats led 12-6.
EC's lead was cut to two at 13-11 and they called timeout to talk things over. The Lady Cougars clawed back in, tying things up at 14 all and took their first lead of the set on the next point. The Lady Cats showed poise and solid fundamental volleyball as a packed Wildcat Alley pep section cheered them on to the 18-16 set win and the game, 3-2.
"With winning two games on Saturday (in the Apollo Slam Down Tournament) and these, we're on a big winning streak," said Coach Haley Garmon. "The winning feeling is starting to stick and if feels good."
Junior Caitlyn Simon said it's always good to get a win, but one against Grayson County is better. "We knew it would be a tough game because it's Grayson County, but we pushed as hard as we could to come out on top," she said. "When you win the first set it gives you momentum for the rest of the game. Having our pep section behind us really helped tonight."
Mikayla Lindsey, also a junior, said she felt like the reason for a four game winning streak is because people are learning and embracing their roles, which has led to a much better team approach. "The tournament we were in over the weekend really helped," she said. "We're learning what we can do and how to play with each other. We can push each other hard without hurting feelings. The district win tonight is really big, especially after the loss to Trinity."
Coach Garmon says there are things they'll be working on today because there's nowhere to stop with another home game against Glasgow on Thursday. "We're going to be doing some conditioning and moving our feet. We're need to work on better use of our hands, but we'll come out strong on Thursday and hopefully, continue our winning streak."
The Lady Cats will take on Glasgow at home in a freshman, JV/Varsity match up beginning at 5pm.
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The Edmonson County Wildcat football team had no trouble taking care of the Caverna Colonels in Friday night's season opener at BH Weaver Stadium in Caverna as they cruised to a 46-8 victory, giving first year head coach Nathan Smith his first win.
"A little bit of the pressure's off," he said with a slight grin. "Just a little bit."
The Wildcats got off to a quick start, forcing a turnover and scoring a touchdown in the first 45 seconds of the game. That was followed up by Senior Daniel Caudill's second touchdown of the quarter, a 56 yard kick return. After Brett Brannon's extra points on both touchdowns, the Wildcats led 16-0 just over a minute into the game.
Caudill scored two more touchdowns in the first quarter, a 58 yard fumble return and a 52 yard run. Brannon's extra points ran the Wildcat lead out to 30-0 with just under four minutes to go in the first.
Tucker Cole scored on a 12 yard run and Brannon's extra point made it 37-0 in the second. A 30 yard field goal from Brannon extended the lead to 40-0 at halftime.
Rheece Berkley scored on a 65 yard run to make things 46-0. After a fumbled Wildcat punt, Caverna got on the board then scored a touchdown which would end up being the final score of 46-8.
Coach Smith stressed the importance of the Wildcats' strong start.
"When you look up and there's only 55 seconds off the clock and you're up 16 to nothing, that makes things much easier for the rest of the time," he said.
Smith said there was some chatter on field that began to frustrate the Wildcats. At halftime, he told his team to keep their mouths and emotions in check.
"When kids get down, they get frustrated, and a lot of things weren't going their (Caverna's) way. We just wanted to be smart. If something happened, we said to just run back to the huddle and start laughing."
A comfortable lead often allows teams to play younger players and reserves. Smith was impressed with play from some of the younger guys.
"Our young 'backs came in and did awesome. Cline and Stethen had good runs, Lucas did, too. The young guys really showed off there."
The Wildcats will take on a tough Butler County team next Friday in Morgantown at 7pm. You can listen live right here on edmonsonvoice.com.
View From Wildcat Alley, Season 4 Debut: Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Coach Nathan Smith
It's a brand new season! This week, we discuss Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball, Cross-Country, and Wyn sits down with Coach Nathan Smith for his insight on the 2016 Wildcats. Listen now!
Be sure to follow @wildcatslive, @JOscarJr, and @WynCaudill on Twitter!
Volleyball fans got their money's worth last night at Edmonson County High School, but unfortunately, Lady Cat fans saw their team on the losing side of the scoreboard as EC fell to Trinity in five sets in the 2016 season home opener.
A rematch of last year's 12th District Championship finals that saw Trinity claim the title, each set was a back-and-forth battle between two very well-matched teams.
The momentum was in Trinity's favor as they had a couple of impressive runs in the first set, topping the Lady Cats 25-18.
Edmonson County started the second set with much more intensity and jumped out to a 13-6 lead. The solid start was enough to fend off a Trinity run as the Lady Cats won 25-22 and tied the game at 1-1.
The third and fourth sets were carbon copies of each other and they both came down to which team had better execution. Trinity had the edge in the third, winning 25-20, but Edmonson County fought back in the fourth as they won the set 25-23 and tied the game 2-2, forcing a fifth and final set.
The last set seemed to stay just out of reach of the Lady Cats as Trinity was able to continue just enough momentum to control the pace. Trinity won the set 15-11 and the game 3-2.
"We'd been struggling the last few days with our offense," said Head Coach Haley Garmon. "Our defense has been pretty good, but our offense needed some improvement and I was glad to see that tonight. We gave a lot of effort. I always tell them that we don't want to be out-hustled and we weren't tonight."
Garmon said that while the offense was improved, she felt like there were some break downs in the Lady Cat defense.
"We let several go that we normally wouldn't, so we'll be working on that. We've got to do better."
She also said the girls will be working to achieve better serves. "We've got to get more dependable on that. It's hard to run up some points when we're serving them out. We need to play more together, more in sync."
Coach Garmon also said she felt like there may have been some first home-game-jitters that where paired with the emotion of playing a tough district opponent. She says it's all part of the process and still has a very positive outlook on the season.
The Lady Cats drop to 0-2 on the year and will travel to Owensboro Apollo tonight and tomorrow for an early-season tournament.
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The Lady Cat volleyball team opened up their regular season last night in Bowling Green against the Greenwood Lady Gators.
Edmonson County got off to a shaky start in the first set, finding themselves in a 7-0 hole and forcing head coach Haley Garmon to call timeout.
The Lady Cats scored three straight, but that was followed by a five point run by the Lady Gators to make it 12-3. Edmonson County cut Greenwood's lead to 16-10, but the Lady Cats never scored more than three at one time and couldn't overcome the deficit, dropping the first set 25-14.
The second set started back and forth as the score became tied at four each, but a 6 point run by the Lady Gators had the Lady Cats struggling early in the contest. After a short timeout by EC, the Lady Cats rallied to cut Greenwood's lead to 14-11, but another strong 7-2 run from the Lady Gators extended their lead to 21-13.
The Lady Cats got another couple of points back, but were unable to stop the Lady Gators as they lost the set 25-16 and the game 2-0.
The Lady Cats will host district rival Trinity at ECHS in the season home opener this Thursday, August 18 in a JV/V matchup starting at 6pm.
The Lady Cats are putting the final pieces of their team together before their 2016 season debut at Greenwood on Monday, August 15 at 5:30 in Bowling Green.
First year head coach Haley Garmon and her coaching staff of Bridgett Simon and Morgan Esters have been preparing the much different team since the loss of seven seniors from last year's squad.
The team held an intersquad scrimmage between the varsity team, the JV team, and the freshmen team on Thursday night.
The team is currently hosting a T-Shirt and EC Gear Fundraiser that features two new designs, a Lady Cat Volleyball shirt and an Edmonson County Wildcat shirt. You can check out the order form below or call or text 270-791-0215 to place an order.
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The Edmonson County Wildcat Football team took the field at Wildcat Stadium to take on the Allen County Scottsville Patriots in their first live look at an opponent in a scrimmage game last night.
Used for practice as much as anything, scrimmage games keep score, but coaches use the opportunity more so to see what their team can do with someone other than their own teammates while possibly burning some of the early season jitters.
First year head coach Nathan Smith said overall, he was pleased with what he saw against a very solid Allen County team.
"I thought the defense looked very good most of the night, other then a few penalties. Our young guys really stepped up an played well. We had a few older guys injured and a couple of our untested young guys came in and played really great."
He said that he wants to make sure the slow offense last night is improved upon in order to avoid early scoring deficits that might put the Cats in a hole.
Going into the scrimmage, Coach Smith said he wasn't really sure what to expect.
"Allen County brought 91 kids to the scrimmage. I was really expecting our team to wear down late in the game, but we actually looked sharper after halftime then did before."
Smith said it was a good experience to have a positive showing against a much larger school with a solid football team. "The film will show us a lot of mistakes made that can take us from a good team to a great team, and this week will be all about trying to fix those and some other mental mistakes."
The Wildcats will travel to Caverna next Friday night, August 19th in the season opener at 7pm. Listen to the action live with Scott and Bryan on WildcatsLive, right here on EdmonsonVoice.com.
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With new faces and a brand new coaching staff, the Lady Cat Volleyball team realizes that changes can sometimes be difficult, but according to first year head coach Haley Garmon, the squad is coming together quickly.
The team lost seven seniors from last year, most all of which took up the majority of playing time. With few varsity players returning from last year, this year's team will rely on young players to get the job done.
Although they lost two out of three sets to Bowling Green High on Tuesday, (25-23, 25-13) Garmon is still optimistic and said she liked much of what she saw.
"Losing seven seniors is tough, but this year's team is ready for the challenge," she said. "They have worked extremely hard to fill their roles and positions on the team. I have all confidence in them and they have improved as players and even better teammates."
Being a head coach for the first time has plenty of pressures, but Garmon says those pressures greatly depend on the type of personalities that are on a team. "As a first year head coach there's a lot to take in, but the girls are eager to learn, they listen, and they're respectful, which makes my job easier."
Garmon said she has confidence in this year's team and that their hard work is already paying off.
"BG is a good team...We didn't get the win but we made them work to get it. Your first game shows you where you are, and I couldn't be more proud of these girls and how far they have come. Of course there is always room for improvement, but I think we'll surprise some opponents this year."
The team will host an inter-squad scrimmage tonight at 6pm at ECHS. Garmon says they'll continue working on the same thing they've been busy at all summer long: hard work and fundamentals.
"I expect for us to improve each game and compete every time we step on the floor. In the last scrimmage, we played as a team unit and showed that we have a lot of talent. With each match, I am looking for effort and consistency."
EC Schools Extends Edmonson Voice's Sports Broadcast Agreement For Two More Years
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This week, the Edmonson County Board of Education approved a two year contract between ECHS and the Edmonson Voice to continue the local media outlet's exclusive broadcast coverage of ECHS football and boys and girls basketball for the upcoming seasons.
While the school and The Voice look to build around the same familiar local broadcasters with Scott Lindsey, Bryan Thompson, Jamie Carnes, and others, the school is also making an effort to include more sports in this year's broadcast in addition to basketball and football.
Last year, "WildcatsLive" made it's debut on the Edmonson Voice network, broadcasting live games while nearly tripling the amount of listeners from the previous year. While listening to a game via the internet might still be a new concept to some, the Edmonson Voice continues to bring new and creative ideas to those looking to keep up with current events in Edmonson County.
Sports Director Jamie Carnes, a veteran of ECHS sports broadcasting, said he expects this year's broadcast to attract the most listeners yet.
"There's a reason the Edmonson Voice is the local news and information leader in our county," he said. "The sports coverage is no exception. The WildcatsLive broadcast teams have made some big upgrades to make the upcoming seasons the best ever."
ECHS Athletic Director Kyle Pierce said that the athletic department wanted to show their appreciation toward the Edmonson Voice staff by signing a multi-year agreement, due to a huge increase in listeners and the positive results the broadcast has brought to the school.
"The fact that the Edmonson Voice is run locally, by life-long Edmonson County residents really adds to it," he said. "They have strong ties to our county. They have a vested interest in our success. They are happy when we win and they hurt when we lose."
The show production is the first of it's kind for a local county broadcast, taken care of behind the scenes by Edmonson Voice owner Darren Doyle.
"WildcatsLive is as good as any local sports show anywhere," Doyle said. "Take a listen to other local games and you'll quickly hear the difference. Our broadcast team is as good as you'll find and these guys are a huge reason people log on to listen. And with a full service recording studio where we take care of production, The Edmonson Voice is very fortunate to have these resources available."
Doyle said the EV's working relationship with the Edmonson County School System has been nothing but excellent since the company began in 2014. "We're extremely grateful that our schools have embraced the idea of an online news network and have worked so well with us," he added.
This year, in addition to football and basketball, the school system is also adding game broadcasts for other sports like volleyball, baseball, and softball, in the event that these teams advance in post season play, such as district finals and regional tournaments. Possibilities for even more sports might happen, too.
Pierce also said that he feels like internet broadcasts are better than a traditional radio broadcast for the majority.
"The ability to listen to the games from anywhere is really beneficial. There are some long road trips and some of our fans cannot travel to every game. But with WildcatsLive, you can listen from your cell phone, tablet, home computer, from your own home, while you are in the car, or even if you are in another country. As long as you have internet service, you can listen to the game live."
ECHS Football will host a scrimmage game against Allen County Scottsville Thursday, August 11 at 6pm. You can listen to the first broadcast of the season with Scott and Bryan with the pregame show starting at 5:45pm.
Edmonson County High School Football is having a laundry detergent fundraiser going on now until Friday, August 12th! Watch the video below to see how you can purchase a useful product while helping the Wildcats.
Call 270-597-6983 for more info.