In many ways, it was a rough end to the COVID-delayed 2020 season for the Edwards County Football squad Friday night, but, even in defeat, the Lions found a bright spot.
And that bright spot was Dakota Sweat.
With Black Diamond foe Johnston City having built an insurmountable 46–8 lead by the fourth quarter, the Edwards County coaching staff made the decision to put Sweat in the game at running back. Sweat, who has a disability, could be heard cheering the loudest amongst any player on the Edwards County sideline throughout his four years in the program, always trying to do what he could to fire up his teammates regardless of the score of a given game.
Sweat, of course, was no stranger to the end zone. During the Junior Varsity Lions’ final game of the 2017 season, against Chester, the Yellowjackets agreed to allow him to score a touchdown. However, Sweat’s first varsity carry did not result in a touchdown.
His second one, however, did.
Sweat finished the game at Johnston City, a 46–14 loss for the Lions, with 76 yards from two carries, leading the team in rushing in the last game of his high school career.
The next leading rusher for the Edwards County boys was Devin Meyer with 17 yards off of 10 carries, followed by Ryan St. Ledger with seven yards on two rushes and Gus Baker with two yards on two rushes.
St. Ledger had a strong night catching the ball, racking up 79 yards on five catches, including a 65 yard touchdown in the first quarter, a pass caught in the flats which St. Ledger sprinted across midfield all the way to the end zone to give the Lions an early 8–6 edge.
Receivers Dylan Rhodes and Alex Calverly each had two catches to their names, with Rhodes gaining 16 yards and Calverly gaining 12.
Quarterback Kade St. Ledger went 10-17 throwing the ball, accounting for 112 yards, a touchdown and an interception through the air.
Ryan St. Ledger also led the team in tackles with 11, including a tackle for loss and two forced fumbles. Rylee Luebbers netted 10 tackles and a pass deflection on the night as well.
Patrick Dilley accumulated six tackles in the loss, while Levi Emmons had four. Izzy Pountain and Rhodes each accounted for 1.5 tackles and a pass deflection, with Kade St. Ledger, Eli Steber, Max Gerlach and Baker all earning two tackles.
Meyer made three tackles on the evening, while Calverly netted five. Hayden Davis and Bryton Steber had one tackle apiece.
Logan Correll also forced a fumble, which was recovered vey Maverick Moore. Corbin Andrini and Jaylen Dunn each contributed half a tackle as well.