A thick mist saturated the air, fans, and the Wildcats Friday night as emotions ran high against Barren County on senior night. The Trojans edged Edmonson 19-12 on the final home game of the season at ECHS.
The ball was slick and footing was unsure as each team battled saturated field conditions, but the Wildcats were able to get into the end zone first as quarterback Jon Smith pushed through the Trojan defense on a 2-yard run. The extra point was no good and Edmonson took a 6-0 lead with 8:26 to go in the half.
Barren County took the lead with a 25-yard touchdown run and extra point with 4:06 left in the half, and the score would remain the same at halftime, 7-6. There was no score in the third quarter.
Barren County found some holes in the Wildcat defense in the fourth and scored on a 14-yard touchdown run from quarterback Zach Johnson with 7:25 left in the game. Edmonson County was unable to answer as the Trojans iced the game with another touchdown with just over a minute to go to take a 19-6 lead.
Edmonson County was able to put together a solid run that resulted in a touchdown with 2.8 seconds left, but the extra point was no good and Barren County took possession as they let the clock expire with a 19-12 Wildcat loss.
Despite the loss, Coach Nathan Smith praised his seniors.
"Our seniors fought hard and they fought hard all season for us," said Smith. "I can't say enough about their effort, there's just not a lot of them. They've battled through some stuff. I think all of them have been hurt at sometime this year and a couple are banged up now. But they don't want to come out. They'll try to play as hurt as they can play and you can't fault their toughness. They're a tough, gritty group and I think they do a good job, I just wish there was more of them."
The Wildcats will travel to Caldwell County (7-3) next Friday in the first round of the playoffs. Edmonson County is now 4-6 on the season.