Madisonville presents unknown for Wildcats in Integra Bowl opener
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Curtis Higgins knows his Wildcat football team must get better before they kick off the season Friday in the Integra Bank Bowl at Perdue Field.

Trigg County will face Madisonville in the 6 p.m. opener Friday, with Hopkinsville set to play Tennessee 2A state champion Alcoa in the 8:30 p.m. nightcap.

While Higgins has been pleased with the results on defense thus far in the preseason, getting an inconsistent offense to click has been a top priority.

The Wildcats are returning just one starter from an offensive line that helped the offense put up big numbers last year.

“We just have to work on us. We’re getting better, and we have more people making plays and competing for playing time,” Higgins said.

The Wildcats will face a Madisonville team Friday that brings a lot of unknowns into the football game.

The Maroons were 10-3 last year under former TCHS head coach Dixie Jones, who left after one season to take the head coaching job at Hopkinsville.

Madionsville hired Bernard Brant as their new head coach in June. Brant was the Madisonville head coach from 1972-80 before returning to his alma mater in Danville, serving as an assistant coach with the Admirals for several of their state title runs.

“They have a lot of talent, but they have new coaches and a new system and that will benefit us,” Higgins said.

The Maroons return most of the offensive line, led by Tim Steele, a 6-4, 285 pound senior.

Justin Waddle and junior Kevin Bryant will see most of the carries in the backfield, but Brant must replace quarterback Blake Boyd, who is playing at the University of Louisville.

“They run some pro-I and some wing-T on offense and run a 5-2 defense,” Higgins said.

Trigg County is hoping their offense can improve in time to put points on the board Friday. In two scrimmages under game conditions, the Wildcats have scored just three touchdowns, with two more coming in goal line situations at Hopkinsville.

“Our pass blocking was better against Graves County, but there is still room to get better,” Higgins said.

Trigg County and Madisonville last met in 2000, with the Wildcats coming away with a 52-49 win in overtime. It’s Trigg County’s only win against the Maroons in four career meetings.

TWO-MINUTE DRILL - Trigg County is 11-22-1 (.338) in season openers at home since 1938… Trigg County is 19-33-1 (.367) in games played in August since 1938…Trigg County has won five straight games against 4A schools dating back to their win over Madisonville in 2000. The Maroons have since dropped to 3A…Trigg County is 2-2 in four previous Integra Bowls.
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