Hornets Sting Cats with 22-20 Victory
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Wildcats dropped a heartbreaker to the Metcalfe County Hornets 22-20 in overtime Friday night in Edmonton.
The Hornets got stirred up early as they pushed across for a touchdown in the first quarter with a run from quarterback Peyton Dial. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful and they led the Cats 6-0.
Edmonson evened the score at 6 with a 21-yard touchdown from Matt Shaw with 9:39 in the second. Clay Walden's extra point gave the Wildcats the lead, which would be all the offense either team would gather before the half as the Cats took a 7-6 lead into the locker room at the break.
The third was quiet for both teams but with 10:03 left in the game, it was quarterback Jon Smith that connected with Walden on a 35-yard pass under pressure for another touchdown. Walden added another point with his kick for a 14-6 lead in the fourth.
With 3:05 left in the game, the Hornets scored on a big 15-yard touchdown on 4th down and 5, and an even bigger two-point conversion to tie the score at 14. They held the Wildcats scoreless in the final 3 minutes of the game to force overtime.
The Wildcats won the toss and deferred to the Hornets, who scored first in the period. Their huge two-point conversion was the difference in the game. Edmonson County scored on a touchdown pass from Smith to Brock Stethen as the Wildcats closed the gap to 22-20, but the Hornets wouldn't let the Wildcats in as Edmonson's two-point conversion failed.
The Wildcats drop to 1-4 on the season and are scheduled to take on Warren East at home next Friday night for the 2019 Homecoming Game at Wildcat Stadium.