Barren County Dominates Edmonson, 44-21
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Wildcats struggled early as the Barren County Trojans dominated Edmonson County in Glasgow 44-21 on the final regular season game in temperatures that dipped into the 30s.
While another loss was added to the Wildcats' record, (4-6) it really didn't do much damage at this point in the season as the Wildcats are now focused on the playoffs; which are set to begin next Friday night. Edmonson County has secured a number one seed and will host Green County a week from now.
"Early in the game, the kids were getting down so we tried to reset the game and we told them we needed to work on things that will help us for next week," said assistant coach Ben Grey. "Obviously we want to win but we could see that probably was not going to be the case at the half. So we wanted to work on the little things, try to stay healthy. Just do some things positive so we can leave here knowing we gave our best, worked hard, and can be healthy and ready to go for the game that actually matters."
Barren County scored first with 4 minutes into the first quarter for a 7-0 lead after a touchdown from Jamarcus Miley and an extra point. Edmonson County struggled with loose snaps and turnovers in the first half and the Trojans led 21-0 after the first quarter.
On the first snap of the second quarter, the ball got away from the Wildcats and rolled into the end zone for a safety, which extended Barren's lead to 23-0. Another touchdown pushed the Trojan lead to 37-0 with 7:05 left in the first half.
Edmonson County finally got on the board as quarterback Isaiah Johnson, who took over duties for the injured Jon Smith, connected with Brock Stethen on a 26 yard touchdown pass with 3:05 left in the half. The Wildcats trailed 37-7 at the break.
Barrren and Edmonson traded touchdowns and it was the Wildcats again as Clay Walden caught a 28 yard touchdown pass from Johnson with 5:24 left in the ballgame to cut the Trojan lead to 44-21, but that would be it as the running clock brought the end of the game in a hurry.
While a big loss was not the intended result for the Wildcats, Coach Grey continued to discuss the post season.
"We're going to do whatever it takes for us to secure that next win," he said. "We're fine playing in the cold. We practiced every day this week outside. The boys were in the mud, we practiced wet, it didn't matter--our kids were having fun, we were having fun, so we're just going to do whatever it takes."
A win next week will not only allow the season to continue, but also allow Edmonson County to keep home field advantage as they would take on the winner of Monroe County and Clinton County at home.
Next Friday's game vs. Green County is scheduled at 7pm at Wildcat Stadium.