A win by the Wildcats this week and a Lone Oak win against Reidland would set up a contest next week in Paducah between the Wildcats and Purple Flash for the second seed in the playoffs. Both teams enter play this week with one district loss.
However, the Wildcats can’t overlook a Muhlenberg South team that features a three-headed running monster that has helped the Suns to a 4-4 mark overall and a 2-3 record in the district.
While the Suns have run a Wing-T offense in the past, Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins said they don’t run any particular style of offense, choosing instead to offer multiple looks.
"The are predominantly a running team that only throws four or five times a game," Higgins said. "They are big up front, and have a quarterback that can run some. We have to stop him."
Muhlenberg South is a run-oriented team, averaging 223 yards on the ground. However, they found the going tough last week in a 49-0 loss to Fort Campbell. Their running game could only muster 99 yards.
Sophomore Corey Civils leads the Suns in rushing, averaging 87 yards a game. He has scored five touchdowns.
Senior quarterback Richie Braem has rushed for 415 yards and six touchdowns, while senior fullback Jeff Phelps averages nearly 57 yards on the ground.
Kale Butler, a 6-2, 292-pound senior, anchors the Muhlenberg South line that also includes Justin Rager (6-3, 308), Spencer Owens (6-3, 245), and Josh Wells (5-10, 244).
On defense, the Wildcats are giving up just 113 yards of rushing defense and have allowed only Graves County (222) to rush for more than 200 yards against them this year.
The Suns have virtually no passing game as they have thrown for less than 100 yards in eight games.
That’s good news for the Wildcats, who has seen their pass defense improve in recent weeks but still gives up 117 yards through the air.
On offense, Trigg County is rushing for 223 yards per game, led by Steven Wadlington who has rushed for 956 yards and nine touchdowns this year.
Quarterback Tommy Woodall has rushed for 287 yards and six touchdowns, and junior fullback Taylor McGee has seen his workload increase in recent weeks and has added 248 yards on the ground.
Muhlenberg South’s rushing defense isn’t that bad, giving up 169 yards on the ground.
Trigg County may be able to throw on the Suns, who give up over 100 yards a game through the air.
"They run a 5-2 defense with a 5-3 look sometimes. They’ll load up if we give a run set, and drop back a lot if we give a pass look," Higgins said.
Both Fort Campbell and Heath had early success throwing the football, Higgins said, before both teams went to a predominant running attack.
Woodall has completed 55.1-percent of his passes this year for 848 yards. He has thrown nine touchdowns but has been picked off nine times.
Jamaal Boyd and Jake Wallace each have 15 receptions to lead the Wildcats. Boyd has 321 yards and six touchdowns, while Wallace has 204 yards and one score.
Muhlenberg South enters Friday’s game losers of three of their last four games. They have beaten four teams with a combined record of 4-29 and lost to four teams with winning records.
In their four losses, the Suns have scored just ten points a game while giving up nearly 40.
"We have to get used to traveling and have to establish ourselves early," Higgins said, hoping for a repeat of last week’s performance at Daviess County, a 37-14 win for the Wildcats.
The Suns need a win this week to keep their playoff hopes alive.
They are one of three teams tied for fourth place with a 2-3 record, along with Heath and Caldwell County.
Heath has already beaten Muhlenberg South and plays Caldwell County this week. Muhlenberg South plays at Caldwell County next week.
Trigg County leads the all-time series with the Suns 4-0.
Last year, Trigg County scored 48 points in the first half and cruised to a 54-6 win at Perdue Field.
Trigg County racked up 374 total yards, with Steven Wadlington rushing for 154 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.
Trigg’s defense held the Suns to 157 yards and seven first downs in the game.
Friday’s contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Muhlenberg South Middle School in Greenville.