Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Wildcat offense took more than three quarters to get going tonight, but all is well that ends well, especially when that's at the 2018 homecoming game.
After trailing the entire game, Edmonson County was finally able to take the lead from Metcalfe County with 9:27 left in the ballgame at 7-6, following the extra point after Matt Shaw's 10-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Jon Smith.
The Hornets got on the scoreboard first as they got into the end zone with 2:57 left in the first quarter on Gabe Zumehlry's 5-yard touchdown run. The extra point was no good and Metcalfe took a 6-0 lead.
A second quarter filled with penalties for both teams left some pretty quiet football for the next quarter and Edmonson County trailed 6-0 at the half.
No one scored again until the Cats finally got on the board in the 4th.
Edmonson County took the lead for good with 3:37 left in the ballgame as Jonathan Hollis ran the ball in on a 4-yard run for a touchdown. The extra point was no good, but it was enough for a win and a final score of 13-6.
Edmonson County was able to keep the Hornets out of the end zone with three different interceptions as the game was winding down.
Edmonson County tallied 50 rushes for a total of 166 yards. They connected on 7 out of 11 pass attempts for 85 passing yards, compared to Metcalfe's 139 rushing yards and 5 for 14 pass attempts for 49 total passing yards, which included three interceptions.
Coach Nathan Smith said that some adjustments were discussed at the half and the Wildcats were able to execute better in the latter part of the game.
"We had a nice, spirited halftime talk in there, and our defense came out and played great," he said. "I'm really proud of the way we were able to put drives together without penalties and move the ball down the field. That's big for us right there."
Edmonson County improves to 3-2 on the season and is scheduled to travel to Elizabethtown next Friday.