Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Senior leadership led the way in Friday night's big Wildcat win over the Butler County Bears 42-13 as running back Brayden Carey and quarterback Tucker Cole combined for nearly 300 yards at Wildcat Stadium in front of a packed crowd.
Carey and Cole each had two touchdowns but also got things done on the defensive side of things for very complete games.
Coach Nathan Smith discussed the exceptional play from both players.
"That's probably some of the best football I've seen Tucker play since he was in 8th grade," he said. "He stepped up and led the team, something he sometimes shies away from. He's not a very outgoing or vocal person but tonight he stepped up and led. Brayden, our senior running back who's been here for four years, when he gets the ball, I don't know if I've ever seen a kid want it as much as him. He works hard and I'm proud of him."
The Wildcats got things started in the first with a Tucker Cole touchdown run and Senior Brett Brannon's extra point to give Edmonson County a 7-0 lead.
Carey extended the lead with the help of another Brannon extra point to 14-0 just as the second quarter began, but Butler County got on the board with a 40 yard touchdown pass and extra point to cut the lead to 14-7. The score remained the same at the break.
The Wildcats were able to strike early again in the quarter as it was Carey for his second touchdown, this time on a 17 yard run. Brannon extra point extended the Wildcat lead to 21-7.
Zack Farmer got in on the touchdowns with just over four minutes in the third as he scored on a three yard run, and Brannon's point made things 28-7.
The dagger came for Butler County as the fourth quarter began with Tucker Cole taking things himself, this time for a 65 yard touchdown that sealed the deal. Brannon's extra point extended the lead to 35-7. Brannon was a perfect 6-6 on extra point attempts and kicked some very impressive punts that left Butler County in poor field position.
Brannon was also able to join in on the touchdowns as he took a 5 yard run himself in for the Wildcats final touchdown and kicked the extra point for a 42-7 lead with just over four minutes left in the game.
Butler County scored another touchdown but time ran out on the Bears as the Wildcats celebrated the win in Brownsville. Edmonson County put up over 400 rushing yards as a team.
The Wildcats are scheduled to take on Grayson County in Leitchfield for the traditional Tobacco Bowl next Friday at 7pm. The winner will take home the Tobacco Stick, currently owned by Edmonson County after last year's win. Your WildcatsLive broadcast team with begin with live action at 6:45pm only on EdmonsonVoice.com.