Edmonson County Defeats Green County 39-8
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
Emotions were high on Friday night at Wildcat Stadium as seven seniors took the field for the final time at ECHS in regular season football as Edmonson County defeated district opponent Green County 39-8.
Edmonson County struck first when Jon Smith pushed through with a quarterback keeper and Clay Walden's extra point was good for a 7-0 lead with 8:44 to go in the first.
Wildcat defense held the Dragons scoreless and Clay Walden was able to kick a 37-yard field goal with 3:50 to go in the first quarter.
It was the Wildcats again in the second as sophomore Matt Shaw scored on a 8-yard rush. The snap was fumbled on the extra point attempt but Edmonson County led 16-0 with 5:37 left in the half.
The Dragons got on the scoreboard with a touchdown and a two-point conversion to cut Edmonson's lead to 16-8 with 2:54 left in the quarter.
The Wildcats made another push and it was Walden again with another field goal, a 34-yarder with 8.5 seconds to go.
On Edmonson County's next run, the Wildcats were caught in bad field position as Walden punted, but a 'roughing the kicker' call was made as a Dragon tackled Walden with a late hit. The 15-yard penalty gave the Cats a first down and Jon Smith ran it in for a 41-yard touchdown. The extra point was good and Edmonson led 26-8 with 6:25 to go in the third.
After another defensive stop from the Cats, it was senior Brock Stethen who caught Isaiah Johnson's 34-yard pass for a touchdown and 32-8 lead. Walden's extra point made it 33-8 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats defense looked sharp once more as Isaiah Johnson intercepted a Dragon's pass and took it 30 yards for a pick six. Extra point was no good but Edmonson County extended their lead to 39-8, which would be the final score of the game.
All fall sport seniors were recognized in a pregame ceremony that included the football seniors: Eddie Acosta, Skyler Cline, Andy Lindsey, Chance Lucas, Layke Sanders, Devin Smith, and Brock Stethen.
Edmonson County is now 3-5 on the season and is scheduled to take on Clinton County on the road next Friday night as the season winds down with only two more regular season games before playoffs.