Coach Nathan Smith had already counted on senior linebacker and wide receiver Zack Farmer sitting out last night's game against Adair County due to illness when he didn't show up on time for school yesterday. Farmer battled vomiting throughout the day but pushed through and finally made it to school and the game. He convinced the team that he was able to play and luckily for the Wildcats, he came up with two big interceptions that helped Edmonson County hold on in a big 27-25 district win against Adair County.
"I really had my doubts about him, but he came out here and had all kinds of tackles, was all over the field on defense, did a good job on long snaps for us, and had two big interceptions," said Coach Smith. "I'm really proud of him. He's a different player from something that happened a couple weeks ago. He's turned it around and he's become our motivational leader on the sidelines. He keeps everybody up and I'm super proud of Zack right now."
The Wildcats led 13-8 after the first and took a 20-10 lead into the locker room at the half. The score remained the same throughout the third but Adair took advantage of Edmonson County penalties throughout the game and crawled back in during the fourth.
The Indians scored on a 10 yard touchdown run by Adair, but they failed on the extra point for a 20-16 Wildcat lead with just under eleven minutes to go.
The Wildcats answered with a 9 yard run from Tucker Cole to extend the lead to 27-16 after Brannon's extra point with 5:48 to go and it would be crucial as the Indians weren't done. They scored on a huge 36 yard touchdown pass and extra point with only 1:41 to go to cut the lead 27-25, but the Wildcats held on for the fourth win of the year.
"It's a win...definitely a hard fought win," said Smith. "I feel like we made some good plays but we gave up some really bad plays. We got plenty to work on but thank goodness we have fall break coming up."
The Wildcats finished for 279 total passing yards, connecting on 16 of 23 attempts. Edmonson County is now 4-3 on the season and is off next week for the break. They are scheduled to take on Hart County on October 13 at home for the final home game of the season.