Despite heavy rain during the first half, Wildcat quarterback Andrew Stewart connected on a deep pass to receiver Mitch Rogers on the seventh play of the game, a 52-yard touchdown that put Trigg (3-4, 2-1 in 2A 1st District) in control.
“We saw the coverage they were in early, trying to stop the run,” Trigg head coach Shannon Burcham said of Reidland’s defense. “They did a good job of that tonight, but it gave us the pass play we wanted.”
Burcham said he focused more on passing in practice last week.
“We know teams are going to put six, seven or eight people in the box and try to keep us from running, and [Reidland] did a really good job of blitzing and causing problems for us,” Burcham said. “They are very well-coached, and it forced us to work.”
Trigg’s defense held Reidland (3-4, 0-3) to minus-6 rushing yards in the first half and didn’t allow a pass completion all night. The first of Dillon Cionko’s three touchdown runs of the night came in the second quarter from 12 yards out and gave Trigg a 14-0 lead after Stewart and Rogers connected on a two-point conversion.
Cionko scored on runs of four and nine yards, and Ethan Sweno connected on both of his point-after attempts to put the ‘Cats ahead 28-0.
Reidland’s offense continued to sputtter until a switch to the option in the fourth quarter resulted in a six-play, 45-yard scoring drive capped by an eight-yard touchdown run by Devon Forbis with 3:50 left.
“We made an adjustment in that series that we hadn’t done all year,” Burcham said. “They schemed us and did a good job there.”
Trigg will celebrate its 2009 Homecoming during Friday’s game against district rival Heath (4-3, 2-0). The Pirates slipped into a first-place district tie with Murray after a 7-6 win Saturday over Caldwell County. A Wildcat win Friday would clinch second place and a first-round home playoff game.
Heath defeated Reidland 34-7 the last week of September.
Burcham said Trigg will be in a position to win if they continue to play smart like they have in the last two weeks.
“We just can’t beat ourselves, can’t turn the ball over,” Burcham said. “Defensively, we’ve got to keep working hard, not have a letdown and not give anybody anthing cheap.”