Hopkinsville gradually pulled away from the visiting Wildcats. The Tigers scored on its first offensive series of the season when reliable kicker Jim Adkins drilled a 31-yard kick with 4:55 remaining in the first quarter.
Hopkinsville took advantage of Trigg County mistakes in the season-opener, recovering a Wildcat fumble on the kickoff following the successful field goal. Tiger quarterback Marshall Stewart rushed three yards for a touchdown to give Hopkinsville a 10-0 lead with 3:01 remaining in the opening quarter.
Hopkinsville managed to force Trigg County into committing two fumbles. The Wildcats also threw two interceptions.
Trigg County wasn’t put out of the game until the fourth quarter. The Wildcats cut the Hopkinsville lead down to a 10-7 advantage in the first quarter with 18 seconds left as quarterback Donald Bush hooked up with Will Stagner on a 10-yard touchdown pass.
The two teams proceeded to swap scores as Hopkinsville’s Deshawn Johnson scored on a two-yard run and Trigg County answered with an Akeem Wilson two-yard scoring run with 7:21 remaining in the first half.
The swapping scores routine, however, wouldn’t last.
Hopkinsville packed a 24-14 lead into halftime of the season-opener. Held to three touchdowns, Trigg County was blanked 16-0 in the third quarter and never recovered from the low offensive output.
Andrew Stewart scored Trigg County’s final touchdown of the game on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Hopkinsville finished with 366 yards of total offense. Joe Harris led Hopkinsville with 86 yards and one touchdown on nine carries. Johnson had 72 yards on 15 carries.
Trigg County finished the game with 259 total yards of offense. The Wildcats were limited to little offensively as the impressive Hopkinsville team built its sizable lead.
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