Effingham Daily News
After falling behind early, Holden Elwood carried the Cumberland Pirates to an 18-18 tie after three quarters.
But the Edwards County offense was too much for the Pirates defense, throwing four touchdown passes and knocking out the Pirates 30-18 Friday night.
The loss officially eliminates the Pirates from playoff contention, as they are now 2-5 and 2-3 in the Little Illini Conference's Egyptian Division. It was Edwards County's first win of the season.
Cumberland head coach Kevin Maynard declined comment following the game Friday night.
The Lions took control early, scoring on a 51-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 61-yard strike and a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first half alone. Cumberland's lone points came on a pair of Hunter Light field goals, as he converted a 34-yarder and a 26-yarder.
Coming out of the break, Elwood carried Cumberland back, scoring on a 69-yard touchdown run and a three-yard run to knot the score at 18-18 after a missed extra point and a failed two-point conversion.
It wouldn't be enough, however. Edwards County hit another long touchdown pass in the fourth from 40 yards out, and scored the game's final touchdown on a four-yard run late in the game.
Elwood carried the ball 36 times Friday night for 178 yards and two scores, while Dylan Martin chipped in with 15 carries and 78 yards of his own.
Cumberland heads to Flora Friday night, now that the Pirates have finished divisional play. The Wolves are 2-5 on the year.
The Pirates' final home game is two Fridays from now, as they will host the Olney Tigers.
Edwards County 6 12 0 12 30
Cumberland 3 3 12 0 18