Darren Doyle, story and photos
The Edmonson County Wildcats struggled on both sides of the field in the 2016 Homecoming game against Metcalfe County which resulted in a 30-21 loss Friday night at Wildcat Stadium.
The Wildcats struck first, scoring a touchdown and extra point halfway through the first for a 7-0 lead. A dry offensive spell and some holes in their second half defense set the tone for the rest of the game.
"I thought defensively, we played pretty well in the first half," said Coach Nathan Smith. "We didn't give up a score until there was 0.1 seconds in the first half. Offensively, we just couldn't get it going. They're (Metcalfe) big up front, their linebackers flow downhill, and it just really threw us off the whole game."
The Cats trailed 7-8 at the half and the homecoming festivities took the spotlight as 24 young ladies and their escorts took the field.
The struggles continued for Edmonson County in the second half as Metcalfe scored two more touchdowns in the third, extending their lead 22-7 going into the fourth. The Wildcats made a press in the fourth with a Brayden Carey touchdown and a Caudill two-point conversion to make it 22-15 and a one possession game with 9:11 left, but the Hornets struck back with another touchdown. A two point conversion extended the lead to 30-15 with 7:07 left.
A Caudill touchdown for the Wildcats cut Metcalfe's lead to 30-21 with 3:59 left in the game, but a failed two-point conversion attempt for Edmonson County kept it at a two possession game. The Wildcats couldn't mount a comeback as the Hornets took the homecoming win back to Metcalfe County.
"We're playing good fourth quarters," Smith said. "Our offense looks pretty good late in the game. Tucker came out after a slow first half and really threw the ball well. The balls were on the money, our receivers caught them, and we looked pretty good there for a few minutes."
In spite of a 40 minute rain delay to begin the game, Wildcat fans were plenty as they filled the stands and the track on homecoming night.
Edmonson County Wildcat Senior Daniel Caudill currently leads the state in 3A Football scoring with a total of 16 touchdowns and three, two-point conversions.
The Wildcats will travel to Elizabethtown next Friday for a 7pm central game time start. You can listen to the live broadcast on WildcatsLive, only on EdmonsonVoice.com.