Monroe County 22, Edmonson County 16
Edmonson Voice Sports:
The Wildcats were in it all the way down to their last possession, but a mishap in the first quarter would prove to be the difference in the game for Edmonson County.
The Cats scored early on Michael Mills' 37-yard touchdown run in addition to his 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 7:21 in the first quarter. With just over a minute left in the quarter, the Wildcats had a disappointing possession with a personal foul penalty then an incomplete pass on what was close to a 40-yard pass attempt. This would force the Cats to punt on fourth down with the kicker in the Wildcats' end zone; however, the snap was high and the Cats could not get on the ball, resulting in a Monroe County recovery and a Falcons' touchdown, plus a 2-point conversion to tie the score at 8-8 with 1:07 left in the first.
Early in the second, it was Mills again, as he scored on a 29-touchdown run, plus another 2-point conversion. The Cats took a 16-8 lead with 9:27 in the second quarter.
The Falcons bounced back on their next possession, returning the kickoff for a 38-yard gain. After being stuffed by the Cats on the next down, Monroe connected on a 10-yard pass then another 20-yard gain for a first down on Edmonson County's 20-yard line. The Falcons were able to score after another couple of short runs in the possession, plus a two-point conversion that tied the score at 16 with 6:15 left in the half, which would also be the score at halftime.
The Wildcats and Falcons swapped possessions in the third with no score but Monroe County was left with good field position after an errant punt attempt from the Wildcats early in the 4th. Monroe took over on the Wildcats' 16-yard line. They would eventually score on a 2-yard push with 10:27 left in the game. Their conversion attempt was no good but they led 22-16.
Edmonson County's last possession began early in the 4th and a facemask penalty against Monroe gave an advantage to the Cats, but they eventually turned the ball over on downs, going for it on 4th and 6 with 7:13 to go. The Falcons held Edmonson County for the remainder of the quarter and was able to utilize the clock to their advantage as the fourth wound down. It was Monroe County's second win of the season.
Edmonson County finished with a total of 162 yards rushing and 11 yards passing (unofficially), with 10 penalties, compared to four total penalties and one interception from Monroe County. Nolan Martin for the Wildcats intercepted a Falcon pass earlier in the game.
Edmonson County is now 2-7 on the season and will take on the winless Breckinridge County (0-9) next Friday night on the Wildcats' senior night, for the final home game of the year.