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Wet conditions didn't hinder family and friends from celebrating Edmonson County High School's 2018 fall sports senior festivities at Wildcat Stadium as the golf, cross country, and football teams on Friday night.
Seniors Emma Booker, Mollie Cassady, Elijah Ruth, Hunter Frederick, Hunter Goad, James Hollis, Jonathan Hollis, Grayson Perdue, and Logan Hagan were honored on-field during the festivities. Band members were recognized in a previous ceremony due to their travel schedule at state competition.
A thick mist saturated the air, fans, and the Wildcats Friday night as emotions ran high against Barren County on senior night. The Trojans edged Edmonson 19-12 on the final home game of the season at ECHS.
The ball was slick and footing was unsure as each team battled saturated field conditions, but the Wildcats were able to get into the end zone first as quarterback Jon Smith pushed through the Trojan defense on a 2-yard run. The extra point was no good and Edmonson took a 6-0 lead with 8:26 to go in the half.
Barren County took the lead with a 25-yard touchdown run and extra point with 4:06 left in the half, and the score would remain the same at halftime, 7-6. There was no score in the third quarter.
Barren County found some holes in the Wildcat defense in the fourth and scored on a 14-yard touchdown run from quarterback Zach Johnson with 7:25 left in the game. Edmonson County was unable to answer as the Trojans iced the game with another touchdown with just over a minute to go to take a 19-6 lead.
Edmonson County was able to put together a solid run that resulted in a touchdown with 2.8 seconds left, but the extra point was no good and Barren County took possession as they let the clock expire with a 19-12 Wildcat loss.
Despite the loss, Coach Nathan Smith praised his seniors.
"Our seniors fought hard and they fought hard all season for us," said Smith. "I can't say enough about their effort, there's just not a lot of them. They've battled through some stuff. I think all of them have been hurt at sometime this year and a couple are banged up now. But they don't want to come out. They'll try to play as hurt as they can play and you can't fault their toughness. They're a tough, gritty group and I think they do a good job, I just wish there was more of them."
The Wildcats will travel to Caldwell County (7-3) next Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Edmonson County is now 4-6 on the season.
Raiders Dominate Wildcats 41-13 In District Match
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The Wildcats were roughed up by Hart County Friday night in Munfordville in a big 41-13 district loss.
Things looked promising as the Wildcats struck on their first possession as Jonathan Hollis pushed into the end zone less than a minute into the game. The extra point was no good but Edmonson took a 6-0 lead.
Hart County answered as the quarter came to a close as the Raiders scored on two-yard touchdown pass. The extra point gave Hart the lead at 7-6 with less than minute to go in the first. The Raiders would never trail again.
The Raiders extended their lead in the second quarter as quarterback John Shoulders scored on a couple of touchdowns and Hart County led 21-6 at the half.
Neither team scored in the third quarter but Hart County's Shoulders got his passing game going with a 27-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Devin Roten with 8:41 left in the fourth, then again with less than four minutes to go as the Wildcats faced a 34-6 deficit.
Hart County once again extended their lead with a short run from senior running back Daveon Wood with 2:47 to go and the Raiders led 41-6.
On the Wildcat's next possession, quarterback Jon Smith then launched a 60-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Chance Lucas to allow Edmonson to end the lop-sided game on somewhat of a positive note. The Wildcats added the extra point for a final score of 41-13.
The Wildcats finished the game with 33 rushes for 81 yards, and completed 7 of 19 passing attempts at 123 yards for a total of 204 yards of offense. They also threw for one interception.
Edmonson County is now 4-4 on the season with two remaining games in the regular season. They are scheduled to take on Larue County at home on Friday, Oct 19th and then Barren County, also at home on the 26th.
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Three different Lady Cat volleyball team members were honored to All-District teams for the 12th district at Tuesday night's championship game between Trinity and Grayson County, where Trinity claimed the title.
Karissa Waldrop, a senior at ECHS, was named to the All-Academic District 12 Team along with Mary Hardesty (Trinity), Chloe Cox (Grayson), and Hannah Whittinghill (Butler).
L-R: Delaina Flener, Hannah Whittinghill, Laura Higdon, Ella Robinson, Emma Woodcock, Madison Doyle, Bottom L-R: Savanna Aull, and Nina Wathan: All-Seasonal Team.
Two Lady Cats were named to the District 12 All-Seasonal Team, which were Madison Doyle, a senior, and Emma Woodcock, a sophomore.
Also named were Savannah Aull and Nina Wathen of Trinity, Hannah Whittinghill and Delaina Flener of Butler County, and Ella Robinson and Laura Higdon of Grayson County.
L-R: Autum Gidcumb, Ella Robinson, Laura Higdon, Emma Woodcock, Bottom L-R: Brittany Booker, Chloe Mattingly, Colsi Stauffer.
Sophomore Lady Cat Emma Woodcock was also named to the All-Tournament District 12 Team, along with Brittany Booker, Chloe Mattingly, and Colsi Stauffer (all of Trinity), and Laura Higdon and Ella Robinson (Grayson).
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It was an emotional night for the Lady Cats as they fell to Grayson County in three sets during the first round of the District 12 tournament, hosted by Edmonson County at ECHS on Monday night.
Four seniors played their last volleyball game as Lady Cats as they were eliminated from the tournament with the loss.
Set one began with plenty of fire from both sides as Edmonson took the lead early, but Grayson came for business and wouldn't allow the Lady Cats much room for comfort.
Grayson County led 11-8 as the Lady Cats battled back and forced a Lady Cougar timeout as EC cut the lead to 11-10. That would be all the offense Edmonson County would muster in that set as Grayson County went on a blistering 14-0 run to end the set 25-10.
The Lady Cats regrouped and came out much stronger in set 2; however, Grayson was still able to put an early run together as they forced an EC timeout at 9-5. The Lady Cats battled back to cut their deficit 10-11 but Grayson went on another run to take a 16-12 lead. Once again, the Lady Cats showed plenty of grit as they tied the score at 16, which forced a Grayson timeout.
Edmonson County refused to go quietly, but the Lady Cougars showed their strength with another run as they finished the set 25-20 and a 2-0 lead.
Set three was much like the second set but the Lady Cats found themselves in an early hole as they were forced to call an early timeout, trailing 6-2. Feeling the pressure, Edmonson County battled back to tie the score at 10 but Grayson County was able to assemble yet another run to allow just enough of a cushion to keep the Lady Cats at bay.
Grayson went on to take the set 25-19 and the game 3-0 as they advanced to the district finals on Tuesday night, where they will face Trinity, the winner over Butler County, which also took place on Monday night.
Edmonson County finishes the season with a record of 8-20. The Lady Cats will say goodbye to seniors Graci Walden, Madison Doyle, Karissa Waldrop, and Ashton Blevins.
Head Coach Bridgett Poteet discussed tonight's game as she also reflected on the season.
"There were some really good things that happened tonight, some really good moments," she said. "That showed that they had some fight, that they wanted to fight back, but they fell into some old habits at times where their confidence dropped and they started making mistakes. And they had a hard time overcoming that."
While the season ended on a bitter note, Coach Poteet had plenty of praise for her team and is already looking forward to another season with young talent.
"There was a lot of people that had no faith in these girls, but they showed that they can do this. They can win. They have the skills and ability, but they also have to mentally do it. We're going to miss these seniors and I'm sad that I only had them for one year, but we do have a bright future ahead. We have plenty of young talent coming on."