TCHS Football Hall of Fame inducts three new members
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Coach Raymond “Red” Heffington

Raymond Heffington served as the Wildcat’s Head Football Coach from 1952-62. His eleven season tenure is the second longest of any Trigg County High Head Coach.

Coach Heffington arrived at Trigg County High with impressive football experience. A native of Sturgis, he played high school football there as one of Sturgis High’s memorable 3 H’s. Then, after serving in the U.S. Army, Red played for the legendary Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky.

Playing in the era before classification of schools by enrollment, Coach Heffington’s Wildcat teams took on a tough schedule of opponents, including the likes of Hopkinsville, Caldwell County, Murray, and Russellville. His 1957 Wildcats beat Henderson County and Daviess County while going undefeated at home.

Under coach Heffington’s guidance, the Wildcats produced five Division-I college football players. Coach Heffington’s players remember him not only for the football skills they learned, but also for “life’s lessons” he taught them.

Son Raymond, Jr. played for Coach Heffington’s Wildcat’s. And, son Mike later played for Coach Heffington at Crittenden County, then transferred to Trigg County for his senior season after Coach Heffington’s retirement from coaching.

Jake Hunter

Jake played for the Wildcats in 1942, then on Trigg’s first postwar team in 1946.

Playing at 160 pounds, Jake was an all-around gifted athlete, starting the season at center, and then moving to tailback in the first game, and later to quarterback. He threw the Wildcat’s only touchdown pass in that pre-pass happy era. Jake played linebacker on defense. Jake was also the team’s punter with an average yards-per-punt that rivaled college punters of his day.

Jake also served his teammates as Captain of the ’46 Wildcats.

Jake was an accomplished all-around athlete. He was captain of Trigg’s District Champion basketball team. After graduating from TCHS, Jake served as a mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, playing on one of the best military baseball teams. Following his Air Force service, Jake signed a professional baseball contract with the Boston Braves and played in their minor league system.

Eddie Radford

Eddie played quarterback, tailback, linebacker, and defensive back for the Trigg’s Wildcats from 1966-69.

A very versatile football player, Eddie was the quarterback on the Wildcat’s 1967 District Championship team as a sophomore, scoring five touchdowns. The following season, Eddie earned All-WKC honors with over 1,700 yards of total offense. His 7.5 yard-per carry rushing average added up to 1,050 yards on the season and four touchdowns. He also passed for two touchdowns and intercepted a team leading five passes on defense.

In his senior season, Eddie moved to tailback and earned All-WKC and All-State honors. Rushing for 1,297 yards, Eddie became the first Wildcat running back to attain two 1,000-yard seasons. Eddie also broke the school season scoring record with 123 points. Eddie scored 15 touchdowns, caught two touchdown passes, and threw for two more touchdowns.

All of that senior season production was racked up despite missing the final three games of the season with a knee injury. Eddie also served as one of the Tri-Captains for the Wildcats as a senior.

An outstanding all-around athlete, Eddie was also the leading scorer and All-State performer on Trigg’s State Tournament semifinalist team. His school career basketball scoring record stood for 28 years.

After graduation from TCHS, Eddie played college football for Jacksonville State University and was named to the conference All-Freshman team.

Eddie has two daughters, Vette Wharton and Chelsea Baker, and six grandchildren.
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