Darren Doyle, story and photos
The Edmonson County Wildcats started the season off with an impressive performance last night against Caverna last night as they handed the Colonels a crushing 47-0 loss at Wildcat Stadium. The Cats had no trouble scoring throughout the game, and even though the Colonels team isn't the same caliber of competition as Allen County, which scrimmaged EC last week, Coach Pierce said he felt his guys executed fundamentals, something he said they had worked on.
Scoring a couple touchdowns each quarter is not something teams always have the luxury of doing, but with having a much deeper team than Caverna, one of the game plans was to play at a fast pace to try to wear the Colonels down.
"I thought our guys took advantage of most of our opportunities," said Pierce, "but we had a few plays when we got close to the red zone in the first half that should have been different. We had a penalty that backed us up, we had a chance for a field goal and another penalty there, so there's obviously things we're going to work on."
Pierce said he was also proud of the defensive effort made last night. "Our defense was good enough to keep them (Caverna) in bad field position, and that made up for some bad offense on our part during the first part of the game."
First year quarterback, sophomore Tucker Cole showed a solid performance in his debut at the position. "I thought Tucker did well," said Pierce. "He has the ability to make plays with his feet and he's got a good head on his shoulders. He had some mistakes, but he'll learn. That's his first time starting at QB, but there's also a good skill set of players around him. Tucker's solid play was also indicative of a good offensive line."
Next Friday's game will be the Football Homecoming against Butler County. "Obviously, it's a big rivalry, and homecoming game. We had a good crowd tonight, so hopefully it will be bigger next week," Pierce said. "They're a good team with a good quarterback. They've been a thorn in our side for the last few years. We've had close games, but they've always found a way to win. We respect Butler County's program, coach Ryan Emmick does a great job down there. We obviously want to win every game, but we want to keep this thing rolling. It's a big game and we're glad it's early in the season while our guys are really excited about football."
You can listen to the game live at 6:40pm on your new home for ECHS Football on Wildcats Live with Scott and Bryan. Kickoff is scheduled for 7pm with homecoming activities taking place at halftime.