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The Wildcats defeated the Butler County Bears Friday night in Brownsville at the Wildcat Stadium home opener in a dominating 54-12 win. Led by senior Chance Lucas' 95-yard, three-touchdown night, the Wildcats righted the ship from last Friday's brutal loss against Portland.
Matt Shaw put the Cats on the board early as he scored on a 17-yard touchdown with just over four minutes to go in the first quarter. Clay Walden's kick was good and Edmonson led 7-0. After the Wildcat defense held the Bears, EC took possession again and Lucas notched his first touchdown of the night--a 10 yard run with just under a minute to go in the first. Walden's kick was good again for a 14-0 lead.
Just seconds into the second quarter, quarterback Jon Smith connected with Brock Stethen on a 48-yard touchdown pass. Walden split the uprights again for a 21-0 lead.
Soon after, Butler County created some offense and Zack Silcox scored on a 3-yard run; however, the extra point was no good and the lead was cut to 21-6 with 7:21 left in the quarter.
On the Wildcats next possession, it was Smith and Stethen again, this time on a 52-yard pass and touchdown, with Walden notching another extra point for a 28-6 lead. The Bears didn't have long to put together offense on their next possession. Edmonson County's Isaiah Johnson picked off Jagger Henderson's pass and ran it back for a 60-yard interception touchdown. Walden didn't connect on the extra point, but Edmonson had stretched their lead to 34-6 with just over 5 mins left in the half.
The Bears squeezed another touchdown as the Cats took a 34-12 lead into the field house at the half. Lucas was big yet again, this time in the third with two more touchdown runs, first a 30-yarder, then 33 yards more as the quarter was winding down. Edmonson stretched their lead to 47-12 to put the game out of reach for the Bears.
Edmonson would score once more on Isaiah Johson's huge 68-yard pass from Smith just as the fourth quarter got underway for the final score of 54-12.
Coach Nathan Smith discussed the performance and the big night from Lucas.
"Chance has working his hind-end off," said Smith. "He's lifting after practice, he's working hard. We toyed with the idea of putting him in the backfield in the off season because he was a little bit small and I went and talked to him about it. He's really committed himself to getting bigger and stronger so he's able to break some tackles and make big runs like that."
Lucas wasn't the only bright spot of the game and Smith commended his entire team.
"We've got a great group of kids, and I know I say that every year, but they just keep getting better," he said. "They don't give me any trouble, they're not in trouble at school, they're pretty good in the classroom, they're good around the field house, and I trust them. That's a big thing. I've had football teams with players that it's hard to trust them sometimes. I trust every player on this team and they work hard for me. I just really love them for it."
Edmonson County moves to 1-1 on the season and will travel to Grayson County next Friday for the annual "Tobacco Bowl," in an attempt to repossess the coveted tobacco stick. Pregame show is set for 6:45pm with the WildcatsLive crew on the Edmonson Voice, with kickoff scheduled for 7pm.
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Edmonson County's first 3-on-3 basketball league, "EC3," recently completed their inaugural season, which featured nine teams and a double-elimination tournament.
The championship trophy was awarded to The Screamin' Goats, who defeated The Red Rockets in a two-game final.
An award ceremony followed where plaques were presented to the top vote-getters, chosen by the league's board members, which included: Offensive player of the year-Ryan Lindsey, Defensive player of the year-John Potter, and league MVP-Caleb Skaggs.
"We feel like it was a great first season," said co-founder Caleb Skaggs. "Everything went very smoothly and all our feedback has been very positive. We're already planning and looking forward to next season." Skaggs co-founded the league with friend, Peyton Talley.
Shirts are still available for purchase from the league, which is one of the ways the local non-profit organization is trying to raise money for the purpose of reinvesting into county sports programs.
"We have some major stuff planned for the younger people in the county so we encourage everyone to follow our social media pages to catch all the updates.
The league can be followed on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
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Edmonson County Lady Cat Volleyball notched their second win of the season last night on the road at Russellville, winning 2-0.
The Lady Cats jumped out to a 12-3 start, which prompted a timeout from the Lady Panthers. Edmonson kept up the pace as they put 5 unanswered on the board and forced Russellville to take their second timeout at 17-3. The Lady Cats only allowed the Lady Panthers to score two more points as they dominated the rest of the set, 25-5.
Russellville's start to the second set improved from the first as they tied the score at 3. The Lady Panthers hung around until a 6-1 run forced a Russellville timeout at 15-7.
Edmonson County had little trouble completing the rest of the set on top as they went on to win 25-11 and the game, 2-0.
The Lady Cats are now 2-8 on the season and are scheduled to travel to Whitesville Trinity tonight for a district game beginning at 6pm.
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The Lady Cats fell to the Allen County-Scottsville Lady Patriots in two sets (25-21), (25-21), last night at ECHS for the 2019 season opener for Edmonson County volleyball.
During set one, the Lady Cats made plenty of errors that led to an early 8-0 run by ACS that forced an EC timeout at 9-2. While Edmonson County found some offense, the Lady Patriots still found a way to control the tempo of the set, which prompted another timeout by the Lady Cats at 22-11.
Edmonson County scored the next point out of the break but ACS quickly grabbed the next two. From there, the Lady Cats went on an impressive 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 24-21, but the Lady Patriots found a hole and punched through for the final point of the set.
Edmonson County responded differently for the start of the second set as both teams went back-and-forth with three ties and no lead greater than three when the Lady Cats called a timeout as they trailed 17-14. EC scored the next two points after the timeout to pull within one, but a strong 8-0 run from ACS put the set and the game out of reach for Edmonson as the Lady Patriots won the final set 25-18 and the game 2-0.
Edmonson County now goes on the road for their next 10 games and will travel to Glasgow tonight for a freshman, JV, and varsity match, which is scheduled to begin at 5pm. The Lady Cats are 0-1 on the season.
Edmonson Voice Sports:
Two members of the ECHS golf team, senior Eli Booker, and junior Nathan Oliver, have advanced to compete in the All A State Classic after their qualifying scores at the All A Region 3 tournament, recently held at Windward Heights Country Club in Hancock County.
Four teams competed in the All A Region: ECHS, Owensboro Catholic, Whitesville Trinity, and Hancock County, with O. Catholic claiming the top spot. In addition to the winning team, the top two scorers not on that team also advance to state competition, which were EC's Booker and Oliver.
"This is a return trip for Nathan who qualified last year," said Head Golf Coach Ed Nunnelee. "Eli will be going for the first time, which will be a great experience for him leading into the last few weeks of his senior season. Many of the best players in the state will be there."
The tournament is scheduled to be held at Gibson Bay golf course in Richmond, KY on September 7th.
Edmonson Voice Sports:
The Edmonson Voice is proud to welcome the newest WildcatsLive broadcast member to our team, which is Granville Meredith.
Granville joins the football crew and will serve as color commentator alongside play-by-play man, Scott Lindsey.
Granville is a 1988 graduate of Edmonson County High School and played football, basketball, and baseball for the Wildcats. He served as an assistant golf coach at ECHS for 6 years, as well as volleyball PA announcer and clock keeper for ECHS basketball. He is also a KHSAA Softball & Baseball Official.
"The opportunity for me to be part of both the Edmonson Voice and my high school is a great honor," Meredith said. "As the old saying goes--once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat, and being able to join the football broadcast team is going to be an awesome experience."
The addition comes after the departure of former commentator Brian Alexander, who was named the new principal at ECHS in early July.
The Edmonson Voice recently signed an exclusive three-year agreement with Edmonson County High School to be the only broadcast carrier for the Wildcats, which includes both audio and video streams, right here on EdmonsonVoice.com.
Meredith has been involved with the Edmonson Voice from its beginning, albeit behind the scenes through tech work and operating systems. He filled in for a broadcast last season and was welcomed with a great response.
"When you love sports, the Wildcats, and already have great relationships in Edmonson County, this is the best way I can think of to combine it all," he added. "I'm looking forward to a great season."
The Wildcats open their season against Portland, TN at the Kenway Concrete Bowl, sponsored by the Bank of Edmonson County and will played at Warren East High School with kickoff at 7pm. The WildcatsLive crew will carry both the audio and video broadcasts on this site and on Facebook Live.