Cougars Top Cats 31-18
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Wildcats struggled against the Cougars on Friday night in the 44th annual Tobacco Bowl as Grayson County kept the coveted tobacco stick with a 31-18 win over Edmonson County. Headed into the rival game, Edmonson County held a 24-19 game advantage, but there would be no such luck in adding another win to their column on this night.
The Wildcats looked solid early as they struck first with a 33-yard touchdown from Chance Lucas. The extra point was no good but Edmonson took a 6-0 lead and kept it going into the second quarter.
Grayson County was able to answer a minute-and-a-half into the second as they pushed into Wildcat territory with a touchdown and extra point. The Wildcats were held scoreless by Grayson County on their next two possessions and the Cougars continued their momentum with a big 49-yard touchdown run by the Cougars’ Hunter Gibson. The extra point made it 14-6 Cougars with 6:34 left in the quarter.
The score would remain the same at the half as Grayson led at the break. The Cougars were able to push again and they scored 3 more on a field goal from Grayson’s Logan Raymer as they led 17-6.
Edmonson County was stifled again on their next possession and the Cougars scored another touchdown and extra point to make it 24-6 with just under 4 minutes left in the third. The Cougars took that same lead into the fourth quarter and scored again to extend their lead to 31-6 with 5 minutes to go in the game.
The Wildcats would score a couple more touchdowns, first on an impressive 75-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jon Smith to Isaiah Johnson, and then again as Johnson scored on a two-yard run, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Cougars earned bragging rights for another year with the tobacco stick in hand.
Edmonson County falls to 1-2 on the season and will face Hancock County on the road next Friday night.