Football Hall of Fame inducts new class
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The Trigg County Football Alumni Club inducted three new members into the TCHS Football Hall of Fame Oct. 1 at halftime of the Wildcats’ game with Heath.

The new class includes halfback Bobby Thomas, the 1940 TCHS team, and the 1967 TCHS team.

Bobby Thomas

(1946-49)


Thomas played left halfback and linebacker for the Wildcats from 1946-49.

His freshman year saw the Wildcat football program revived after a three-year layoff due to World War II. Thomas was one of 35 players on the Wildcat roster for head coach Bob Fiser.

The Wildcats struggled in their first two years back on the gridiron, posting an 0-10-1 record.

After some discussion of disbanding the football program in the spring of 1948, the community rallied around the Wildcats and created a booster club.

Three big changes were seen after creating the booster club, which ensured the preservation of the program.

First, Thomas and his teammates received new equipment, shoes, and uniforms from the club.

Second, an assistant coach was added to Tom Johnson’s staff, which at the time included just him. Bob Fiser, who served as head coach in 1946 and 1947, doubled the Wildcat staff to two.

Third, lights were installed at the Wildcats’ home field, allowing them to follow in the success that local softball teams had realized – nighttime start times increase the fan base.

Thomas was on the field for Trigg County’s first night home game on Oct. 1, 1948, exactly 56 years to the day of his induction into the hall of fame.

Morganfield beat the Wildcats that night 25-0.

After that home loss, Thomas helped lead a defense that didn’t surrender more than seven points in their next four games.

In his senior season, Thomas was the leading rusher for the Wildcats, helping them to a 3-6 record – the most wins for the program in eight years.

Thomas’ lone touchdown of the season was a 90-yard run in Trigg’s 12-7 win at Franklin-Simpson, which remains today as the fifth longest in school history.

For his efforts on both offense and defense, Thomas was named All-State Honorable Mention.

After graduation from TCHS, Thomas served in the United States Air Force and played three years of service football in Bermuda and Tennessee.

He eventually returned to Trigg County where he operated a television repair business for many years.

He and his wife Eunice still reside in Cadiz.

1940 TCHS Wildcats

The 1940 Wildcats were among the stingiest defenses in state history.

In his final season as head football coach, Paul Perdue fielded a squad that gave up just 25 points in nine games.

The defense helped the Wildcats to a 6-2-1 record, the school’s first-ever winning season and their only winning season for the next 24 years.

Trigg County shut out a school-record six opponents in 1940 – Fulton City, Central City, Clay, Marion, Elkton, and Princeton Butler.

The game with Butler was the season opener and actually ended in a 0-0 tie.

The Wildcats were led by Hugh Porter and Lacy Allen, who combined to score 71 of Trigg’s 184 points that season.

Sidney Allen, Malcolm Riggin, and Lacy Wallace helped anchor the defense, which only allowed Russellville to score in double figures the entire season.

1967 TCHS Wildcats

The 1967 team was the first to win a district football championship in school history.

After a miserable 1-9 season the year before, Trigg County hired Princeton native Ken Barrett to turn their football fortunes around.

After losing three of their first four games to Class 2A schools, the Wildcats didn’t lose to a Class A opponent in the regular season.

Quarterback David Radford helped spark the Wildcats to four district wins and a 6-6 tie with Murray, their first non-loss to Ty Holland’s Tigers in the first 15 meetings of the series.

Radford threw for four touchdowns and ran for one in just seven games at quarterback. On defense, Radford proved to be a nemesis, recording 12 solo tackles and nine assists in a win over Russellville.

Jerry Stroud was Trigg’s leading scorer with five rushing touchdowns and an interception return for score, while Lawrence Wharton added five touchdowns and Roy Radford had four.

The Wildcats also cashed in on the punting of Rex Akemon, who averaged over 40 yards a punt and nailed one for 75 yards in their win over North Marshall.

Injuries caught up to the Wildcats in their first-ever playoff game, a 24-0 loss at Tompkinsville. Their season ended at 5-5-1.

Ken Alexander, Elliott Gray, and Roy Radford were named to the Class A ALL-WKC Offensive Team, while Burton Aldridge, David Radford, and Lawrence Wharton were named to the Class A Defensive team.

Radford and Aldridge were named to the All-WKC team that combined Class A and AA, while Ken Barrett was named WKC Class A Coach of the Year.
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