“We thought it was a lot closer than the scoreboard showed,” Trigg head coach Shannon Burcham said. “We had a special teams error and gave them the ball on a short field, and they had a short field earlier and got two scores from those.”
Murray scored three minutes into the game after Trigg went three-and-out and Ethan Sweno’s punt gave the Tigers the ball on Trigg’s 28-yard line. Brandon Wicks scored for the Tigers on a 10-yard run.
Both teams punted again before Trigg’s best drive of the night took nine minutes and 25 seconds off the clock on 19 plays and 76 yards before quarterback Andrew Stewart was intercepted by Christian Duncan.
“We drove down the field and did everything we wanted to do offensively except get it in the end zone,” Burcham said.
Trigg appeared to have Murray stopped on the next drive, but the ‘Cats lost a fumble on a Tiger punt. Jordan Benton connected on a 33-yard field goal with 2:17 left in the first half.
Trigg had another long drive in the third quarter, 13 plays and 8:04 off the clock, but penalties left them with only 13 net yards on the possession.
“It was both sides and some of the same kids that were involved last year,” Burcham said of the personal foul penalties, similar to last year’s game between the teams. “We don’t want that out of our kids ever, and we’re just glad they’ll all get to play next week.”
Murray took over on their own 41-yard line with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter and iced the game three plays later on a 53-yard touchdown run by Wicks, who gained 138 yards on the ground.
“We were prepared to do multiple things, and we finally settled into one thing later,” Burcham said. “We had a plan to stop them, and I think it was pretty effective. That last touchdown, we had him wrapped up in the backfield, and to his credit, he just kept bouncing.”
Stewart was able to move the ball in the air on Trigg’s last possession, completing four passes for 52 yards.
“We finally got the look in the fourth quarter we thought we were going to see earlier in terms of throwing,” Burcham said. “We had some good runs early, but they adjusted and stopped us.”
Trigg plays Friday at district rival Caldwell County.
“We need to win to be No. 2 and have something here,” Burcham said. “We’ve got to beat everybody and just hope somebody beats Murray, but we can only take care of ourselves.”