When Butler County beat Glasgow last Friday, it meant the Scotties were headed to Cadiz and that Monroe would get a first round home game.
Instead of avenging a 75-35 loss to Monroe in the 2002 playoffs, the Wildcats will get a chance to make up for the 31-24 double-overtime loss suffered at the hands of Glasgow in the 2001 regional championship game at Perdue Field.
Either way, Trigg was getting a tough opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Glasgow finished the season with a 7-3 record and was ranked in the Bluegrasspreps 2A Top Ten for most of the season before falling out after their Oct. 21 loss to Owensboro Catholic.
“Glasgow is a good football program. They are 7-3, and that’s a good record for a three seed,” said Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins.
The Scotties, winners of five district championships and three region titles since 1996, will be looking to win their eighth game for an eighth straight season. Trigg County is looking to end that streak.
First-year head coach Billy Lindsey hasn’t veered much from what former coach Jerry Eubank did in 12 seasons on the Scotties’ sidelines.
Glasgow primarily runs their offense out of the I-formation, but they will spread the field and utilize the athleticism of quarterback Lank Graves.
The 6-foot-3, 176-pound senior moved to quarterback from receiver and has completed 51-percent of his passes for 1,234 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Graves has plenty of playoff success, catching three touchdowns, including the game-winner, in Glasgow’s 36-28 overtime win at Fort Campbell in the second round of the playoffs last year.
Graves threw for 155 yards in last week’s loss to Monroe County.
His two favorite targets are a pair of speedsters – Michael Shannon and C.J. Buford.
Shannon (5-11, 194, Sr.) has caught 32 passes for 498 yards and seven touchdowns, while Buford (6-0, 145, Sr.) has 35 catches for 454 yards.
Higgins knows the Wildcat secondary, which has given up an average of just 30 yards through the air in the past four games, will be tested Friday.
“We need to make some more plays on the football in the secondary. When you’re up 28-0, they sometimes relax and you can’t relax there in our system,” Higgins said.
In the backfield, Zack Miller is Glasgow’s leading rusher averaging 85 yards a game and scoring 11 touchdowns on the season
Glasgow, which starts six of their nine seniors on offense, isn’t that big up front, which could be an advantage Trigg could exploit.
J.W. Hampton (6-3, 235, Sr.), Barrett Dennison (6-1, 200, Soph.), and Brent Morrison (6-1, 218, Sr.) see time on both sides of the football for the Scotties, who average 187 yards rushing and 128 passing a game.
For the Wildcats, they haven’t faced a decent defense in over a month, although Lone Oak held the Wildcats to 266 yards last week – their lowest amount since their September loss to Fort Campbell.
The Scotties give up over 194 yards a game on the ground, which includes 280 yards to Monroe County last week.
Trigg County is averaging 213 yards on the ground, but they are ripping through holes to the tune of 7.4 yards per carry.
Trigg averages 152 yards through the air, with Tommy Woodall throwing for 1,515 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Despite the numbers, Higgins says the Wildcat offense can improve for the playoffs.
“We’re going to work on executing our offense better,” he said, referring to five offensive penalties last week that cost the Wildcats 30 yards.
Kickoff for Friday’s game at Perdue Field will be 7:30 p.m.
The winner advances to next week’s second round to most likely face Owensboro Catholic, who will host Heath this week.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL – Glasgow leads the all-time series 2-1, with Trigg’s lone win coming in the first round of the 1971 playoffs…Trigg County has a 16-13 career record in the playoffs, including a 9-4 record at Perdue Field. Trigg’s last playoff loss at home came to Murray in the 2000 playoffs…Curtis Higgins is 5-5 in the playoffs as Wildcat head coach…Glasgow is the third straight number three seed from District 2 to come to Perdue Field in the first round of the playoffs with a 7-3 record. Butler County did it the two previous times, with Trigg County winning both games…Since the new alignment took effect in 2001, District Two has a 14-9 record against teams from District One, including a 10-6 record in the first round. Trigg has four of the nine wins by District One teams…Trigg County enters the playoffs averaging 42 points a game, one fewer than the school record of 43.0 set by the 2000 Wildcats.