The Edmonson County Wildcat football team scored a big victory last Friday night as they defeated Monore County 9-7 in Tompkinsville. The win secured the Wildcats a #3 seed in the upcoming KHSAA Class AAA State Playoffs.
The first quarter saw both teams' defenses stop their opponent. Both teams traded two punts each in the quarter. The second quarter was much of the same, but the Wildcats were able to pin the Falcons deep into their own territory by freshmen punter Brett Brannon’s punt that put Monroe County inside their own 5-yard line. The Wildcats forced a three and out and got the ball back at the Falcon 35-yard line. The Wildcats moved the ball into the redzone before finally scoring on a 2 yard sneak by sophomore quarterback Jake Dial. The extra point was wide to keep the score 6-0 with just 12 seconds left in the half.
In the second half, the Wildcat defense came up with a big play as senior defensive linemen Austin Lemieux-Gravil intercepted a pass and returned 25 yards to the Falcon 15 yard line. The Wildcats could not come up with points on the drive but it kept Monroe County in poor field position. The Wildcat defense forced a punt and the Wildcat special teams came up with their own big play as senior Brent Foley knifed through and blocked the Falcon punt. The Falcons defense stood strong and forced a field goal attempt by the Wildcats. Brannon nailed the 25 yard field goal for a 9-0 lead with 3:21 left in the third quarter. The Falcons moved the ball into Wildcat territory on their next drive, but the Wildcats stopped Monroe County on downs. The Falcons forced a Wildcat punt and got their offense going. After a long drive, the Falcons punched a touchdown in on a 6-yard run. They made the extra point to cut the lead to 9-7 with just 5:56 left in the game. The Wildcats were forced to punt on their next series giving the Falcons the ball back. However, the Wildcat defense held strong as senior Drew Decker laid a big hit on the running back as the Falcons tried to use a screen pass. The Wildcat offense then ran the clock out to secure the 9-7 victory.
Head football coach Kyle Pierce says that he was proud of his team. “I really am happy for our guys. This was a good win for us on the road at a place that is not easy to win at. We didn’t exactly play great at times, but we made big plays when we had to, and did not let them big play us. We had some guys step up and it is always good to see at this time of year. They were much bigger and stronger than us, but our kids fought and found a way to win. Hopefully, that will help us these next few weeks on the road.”
The Wildcats now travel to Butler County this Friday night to play the Bears on Halloween night. Pierce says that the Wildcats need to continue to play consistent. “Butler County has had a nice year. They have a big line and a lot of weapons offensively. Coach Emmick does a great job over there and we know we will have to play well to be able to win. With the playoffs coming up, you want to keep the momentum going and keep everybody healthy. Hopefully, all the Wildcat fans will get their trick or treating done early and travel down highway 70 to cheer on this bunch of Wildcats. They’ve really come together at the right time of the year.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 in Morgantown.
Edmonson Voice Staff