Wildcats Win 48-12, Snap Losing Streak
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
The Wildcats celebrated the 2022 ECHS Homecoming with their first win since 2020 as they bested Caverna tonight at Wildcat Stadium 48-6.
Edmonson County was able to get on the scoreboard first, getting into the red zone early and scoring as Michael Mills completed a 6-yard run. The 2-point conversion was good and the Cats led 8-0 with 6:03 in the first.
After both the Colonels and Wildcats swapped possessions on some turnovers, Edmonson County's Tyler Anderson intercepted a Caverna pass and returned it for a 70-yard touchdown. They scored on the two-point conversion and led 16-0 with 2:34 left in the first.
The Cats took advantage of another Caverna turnover and scored in the second when Anderson pushed through after getting into the red zone again. They weren't able to convert the extra two and led 24-0 with 6:47 to go in the second.
Caverna was able to score on a play at the end of the half and the Cats led 24-6 at halftime.
The Cats set the tone for the second half as Daren Alexander returned the kickoff for an 80-yard touchdown. Edmonson County converted the two-point conversion and led 32-6 with 11:44 in the third.
Edmonson County scored twice more, thanks to touchdowns from Michael Mills and two more conversions, which would allow the Cats to lead 48-6 with 7:18 in the third.
Caverna was able to score again in the fourth quarter for a final score of 48-16.
Coach Zach Vincent, who celebrated his first win as head coach did his post game interview soaked, as the team doused him with the water jug after the game. He said the team being down over the past season-and-a-half has helped them to grow and mature.
"The boys have matured these past few weeks, I mean, God Bless," he said. "It's amazing how practice was this week. We talked about it, like 'guys, this is the best three days of practice we've had.' I mean, they're focused, they're driven, they know what their job is and they want to get it done."
Coach Vincent said he told his boys at the half with a 24-6 lead that the game wasn't over.
"We'd been in this position at Grayson County. We were up and we blew it. We were up one touchdown and we blew it. I told them, 'guys, we haven't won yet. We've won the half, but as far as I'm concerned, it's zero to zero and we have to show them that we mean business."
The Wildcats were able to take care of their business by doubling their score in the second half. The win snaps a 15-game losing streak, the longest in school history.
They are now 1-4 on the season and are scheduled to play Metcalfe County at home next Friday night at 7PM.