It was a rough trip to Fairfield for the Edwards County Football squad Friday night.
The Lions made the trek to Wayne County to do battle with Black Diamond power Fairfield, who had won 26 straight conference bouts heading into the contest. The Mules were able to capitalize on some early turnovers from the ECHS offense to put the game beyond the Lions’ reach early.
Edwards County dropped the contest to the Mules, 47–3.
Senior quarterback Marcus Stennett went 4–6 on the night, throwing for 16 yards on behalf of the Lions. Sophomore Hayden came in late in the game, going 0–2 through the air while throwing an interception.
The Lion ground game struggled throughout the evening, with sophomore Jameson Borowiak leading the Edwards County rushing attack with 24 yards on five carries when getting work late in the game. Starting back Eli Grimes finished the matchup with 10 yards on three touches. Gus Baker netted six yards on four carries, with junior Ryan St. Ledger managing five yards on six rushes.
Keath Bateman gained three yards on his only touch of the night.
Grimes also had a catch for 15 yards, the longest completion of the game for Stennett. Fellow senior Camden Cowger brought in two balls for six yards, while St. Ledger was stopped for a loss on his only catch against the Mules.
On defense, Eli Steber was able to wreak some havoc in the Fairfield backfield, making three solo tackles and two tackles for loss. Bateman also had a tackle for loss, making four solo tackles and two assisted in the loss as well.
Senior defensive back Jordon Brock had six total tackles to his name, including three solo takedowns and three assisted. St. Ledger made four tackles, three solo and one assisted, as did Patrick Diley and Stennett. Borowiak had three solo takedowns for the game, with senior Anton Linder having two solo and one assisted.
Kinser Medler, Isaiah Pountain, Bryton Steber and Cowger all managed two solo tackles each, while sophomore Dylan Rhodes made one solo tackle and one assisted. Zed Markman and Zane Hayes had a solo tackle apiece.
The Lions will travel to Eldorado Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. to take on the Eagles in their homecoming game. Edwards County will need to defeat both Eldorado and Johnston City in Albion in their final contest of the regular season in order to make a repeat appearance in the IHSA Division I State Playoffs.