ECHS Athletic Staff
The Edmonson County Wildcat football team fell to 1-2 after this past Friday night’s tough 10-3 loss to Grayson County here in Brownsville.
The Wildcats opened the game with the football moving into Cougar territory before punting the ball deep. The Wildcat defense forced a three and out and forced a punt. The Wildcats moved the ball inside the 10 yard line but could not convert a 3rd down play. Freshmen kicker Brett Brannon made a 25-yard field goal from the right hash for a Wildcat 3-0 lead with 3:09 left in the first quarter. The Wildcat defense held strong and forced a punt, but the Wildcat offense was forced to punt from deep in their own territory on their next series. Grayson received the ball on the Wildcat 45-yard line. The Cougars then used an 11-play drive and scored on a 6-yard run by Cougar quarterback Talon Gary. The Cougars added an extra point for a 7-3 advantage with 5:57 left in the half. The Wildcats moved the ball toward midfield, but a couple penalties pushed them back and were forced to punt. The Cougars tried a couple plays before half, but were unsuccessful against the Wildcat defense.
The second half began with the Cougars going on a 12-play drive to the Wildcat 28-yard line, but the Wildcat defense held on 4th and 5. The Wildcat offense moved the ball on an 8-play drive that appeared to get a first down inside the Cougar 10-yard line on a quarterback scramble, but a penalty moved the ball back. The Wildcats could not convert on 4th down, giving the ball back to the Cougars. The Wildcats defense forced another punt near midfield. The Wildcat offense moved the ball toward midfield but was forced to punt. After a short punt, the Cougars had the ball at their own 46-yard line. The Wildcat defense again came up big with a 3 and out and forced another punt. The Wildcats turned the ball over for the first time this season as sophomore quarterback Jake Dial was scrambling in the pocket and was hit from behind and the Cougars jumped on the loose ball at the Wildcats 9-yard line. Once again, the Wildcat defense held strong, stopping the Cougars 3 straight plays forcing a 25 yard field goal which gave Grayson County a 10-3 lead with 6:18 left in the game. The Wildcat offense then used an 11-play drive moving the ball all the way to the Cougar 5 yard line. However, the Wildcats could not punch it in. On 4th and goal at the 5 yard line, the Cougars intercepted a pass to seal the victory.
Head football coach Kyle Pierce says it was a tough way to end the game, but there were lots of positives to take from the game. “Obviously it’s a game you want to win. Every game is. I thought our kids played extremely hard. Grayson has a great team with pretty much everybody back from last season. Our kids made some big plays but we had so many opportunities to have more. We had a lot of dropped passes, some overthrown passes, and a couple chances at creating some turnovers defensively. We were very close. When we were down and had to have a drive, we moved the ball all the way to their 5-yard line. We will have to continue to work hard and stress the importance of daily improvement. Our team got better this week. We were not proud of the outcome, but I am proud of their effort.”
The Wildcats now will travel to Hancock County this Friday night to face a 2-1 Hornet team. Pierce says the Wildcats will have to play better this week. “We will have to have a great effort to win this game. Hancock is a good football team. They are tough at home. I like how our team is getting better, but now we are getting closer to the district schedule, so we have to continue sharpening things up and not make mistakes we have made.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 in Hawesville.