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In a game that started late Friday night, ended early Saturday morning with bad results for the local team as Edmonson County held Taylor County out of the end zone in the game’s waning seconds for a 13-6 victory for the squad from Brownsville in the nightcap of the Forcht Bank Bowl.
“Too many mistakes,” exclaimed Cardinals’ head coach Eric Graves. “If we execute, we win the ball game.”
The Cardinals looked on the brink of tying the score when Hunter Christie connected with Jared Clark, who raced to the 1-yard line with 33.9 seconds left.
However, two Christie sneaks failed and Christie downed the ball on third down with 7.5 seconds remaining setting up fourth and goal inside the 1.
After offsetting penalties put the ball back out to the 3, John Finch broke through the TCHS line and caught Brandon Williams for a four-yard loss.
Edmonson County quarterback Jake Dial took a knee to end the game.
“Plain and simple, we did not execute,” admitted a very, disappointed Graves after the post-game festivities.
Dial had put the Wildcats up 6-0 in the second quarter on an 8-yard TD run.
Just before half-time, Jack Miller broke numerous tackles for a 21-yard jaunt to pay dirt and a 6-6 deadlock at intermission.
Edmonson County had 13 of the game’s first 19 first downs to dominate the time of possession and took the 13-6 advantage on running back Daniel Caudill’s 3-yard scoring run with 8:08 left in the game.
The Cardinals went 59 of the 60 yards toward the potential game-tying score as Christie connected with Jarred Rogers for a 14-yard pick-up and Jarrett Benningfield gained five of his team-leading 49 yards on the ground.
However, Taylor County did not convert with the game on the line.
“We need guys to take over ball games,” Graves concluded.
Taylor County hosts Casey County this Friday (7:30) in the Cardinals’ home opener. The Rebels fell at Garrard County 28-0 in their opener.
Danville upended Russell County 47-14 in the opening game of the Forcht Bank Bowl on Friday.
Wildcats 13, Cardinals 6
Forcht Bank Bowl
at Campbellsville University
ECHS 0 6 0 7 — 13
TCHS 0 6 0 0 — 6
Edmonson County — Jake Dial, 8, run (kick failed)
Taylor County — Jack Miller, 21, run (kick blocked)
Edmonson County — Daniel Caudill, 3, run (Brett Brannon kick)
First downs 13 9
Rushes-yards 41-120 33-111
Passing 7-13-0 3-10-2
Passing yards 112 60
Total yards 232 171
Penalties-yards 13-89 9-47
Punts-avg 5-36 4-38
Fumbles lost 1 0
Rushing — Edmonson County: Jake Dial 17-50, Daniel Caudill 15-40, John Finch 7-28, Tyler Hayes 1-4, Danny Pate 1-(-2), Taylor County: Jarrett Benningfield 9-49, Jack Miller 6-34, Brandon Williams 9-28, Hunter Christie 9-0.
Passing — Edmonson County: Dial 7-13-0 for 112, Taylor County: Christie 3-10-2 for 60.
Receiving — Edmonson County: Caudill 4-92, Garry Foley 1-12, Drew Decker 1-11, Dakota Carner 1-(-3), Taylor County: Jared Clark 1-25, Anthony Hilliard 1-21, Jarred Rogers 1-14.
Fumble recovery — Edmonson County: Hines. Interceptions — Edmonson County: Hines, Carner.