While the much improved Bearcats of Christopher Zeigler Royalton were able to match-up with Edwards County throughout the first half, the last two quarters of Friday night’s Lion Homecoming were a very different story.
By halftime, the contest was knotted at 12–12, with the CZR defense mostly containing an explosive Edwards County offense. That offense would explode in the second half, however, with the ECHS boys routing the Bearcats by a 47–18 final score.
Senior quarterback Marcus Stennett served as the spark plug for the Edwards County offensive resurgence, finishing the night with 204 yards passing and two touchdown tosses as part of a 6–16 effort through the air, as well as 113 yards and two scores from 15 touches on the ground.
Catching most of Stennett’s passes was Lion junior Ryan St. Ledger, who brought in four balls for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Both scoring receptions were made in the flats, with St. Ledger making a man miss and running more than half the length of the field for long back-to-back touchdown scores.
The two scores came at a crucial time in the game, taking a 12–12 deadlock between the two teams and turning it into a 14–point advantage for the Lions, 26–12.
CZR would never recover, scoring only once more on the night while Edwards County added 21 more points to the scoreboard.
Senior wideout Camden Cowger made one catch against the Bearcats, bringing in a 43 yard offering from Stennett. Classmate Jordon Brock made one reception for 23 yards in the victory.
The Lion rushing attack was paced by senior Eli Grimes, who ran for 132 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
Toward the end of the contest, the junior varsity offense came onto the field to wrap up the game for Edwards County. Sophomore Bamako Walton netted nine yards on his only carry of the night, while Jameson Borowiak had eight yards on one touch. Gus Baker rushed for five yards on two carries.
The Lions will travel to Fairfield Friday nigh to take on their Mule rivals.