The Wildcats scored the first five times they touched the football and routed the Scotties 56-8 Friday at Perdue Field, setting up a trip to Owensboro Catholic for a third straight year.
The playoff loss was the worse suffered by Glasgow in at least the past 25 years and ended a streak of seven straight first round wins for the Scotties, whose season ended at 7-4 with three straight losses.
“Trigg County is an outstanding team with lots of talent,” said first-year Glasgow head coach Billy Lindsey. “They ran well and played great defense. They are no doubt one of the best teams we’ve played.”
As they have for most of the year, Trigg County’s offense showed quick-strike capability, with none of their scoring drives taking over three minutes.
“I thought we came out firing on all cylinders,” said Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins, who improved to 6-5 in the playoffs at Trigg County. “All six or seven weapons we had worked well for us.”
An offensive pass interference penalty was called on Glasgow’s first play from scrimmage, and things went downhill for the Scotties after that.
After failing to pick up the first down, Devin Tejada fielded the Glasgow punt and returned it 37 yards to the Scotties’ 13-yard line.
Three plays later, Taylor McGee scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 3-yard run with 9:33 left.
“Our defense came up with a big stop off the bat, and Tejada’s good punt return gave us a short field to play with,” Higgins said.
Trigg scored less than a minute later when Dhayna Cavanaugh’s fourth interception of the season set up a 26-yard pass from Tommy Woodall to Tejada for a 14-0 lead.
Another Glasgow turnover – a fumble recovered by John David Fourqurean – set up McGee’s second TD run from six yards out to stake the Wildcats to a 21-0 lead with 5:44 left in the opening quarter.
After picking up just one first down in their first three series, Glasgow moved the football to the Wildcat 26-yard before Trigg’s defense again made the big play.
Dylan Sonnek sacked Glasgow quarterback Lank Graves for a 14-yard loss, and Jamaal Boyd picked off Graves’ next pass at the Wildcat 20-yard line.
Tejada picked up 12 yards on a run, and Woodall added 26 on a quarterback draw to set up a 23-yard run by sophomore Scotty Mayes with 1:51 left to give the Wildcats a 28-0 lead.
Glasgow responded with a 12-play drive aided by two conversions on fourth down and two penalties that gave the Scotties a first down.
After reaching the Wildcat 9-yard line, two runs by Zach Miller picked up a yard and two passes by Graves were incomplete, with Woodall knocking down a pass intended for Michael Shannon in the end zone.
Trigg then applied the final nail to the proverbial coffin, marching 92 yards in nine plays. Woodall connected with Boyd on a 39-yard pass play and with Greg Acree for another ten yards before sneaking in from two yards out to put the Wildcats ahead 35-0 by halftime.
The Wildcats opened the second half with five straight running plays that picked up 50 yards before Woodall hooked up again with Tejada on a 28-yard scoring pass with 9:19 left in the third quarter.
Tejada finished with 55 receiving yards, 24 rushing yards, and 37 return yards.
Woodall was 8-of-12 passing for 142 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off once.
He also scored Trigg’s final two touchdowns on a 1-yard run and on a 15-yard fumble recovery – both in the third quarter that put the Wildcats ahead 56-0.
Playing against the backups, Glasgow got on the scoreboard with seven minutes left in the game when Graves scored from one yard out.
Graves finished the night 5-of-20 through the air for 85 yards. The Scotties amassed 127 yards on the ground and 212 total for the game but only had 130 yards against the first-team Wildcat defense.
“Our young kids did a really good job while they were in there. They played well and didn’t give up any big plays against their first team offense,” Higgins said of the Wildcat J.V. defense.
Miller led Glasgow’s rushing attack with 84 yards on 19 carries.
The Wildcats rolled up 432 yards, including 290 on the ground on 31 carries for an average of 9.3 yards an attempt.
McGee had 106 yards on 12 carries – his first career 100-yard rushing game – while Scotty Mayes added 67 yards on seven carries.
Stephon Smithers led the Wildcat receivers with four catches for 38 yards.
Brent Wietting was good on all eight of his extra point kicks, establishing a new school record for consecutive PATs at 31. The old mark was 26 set by Bengi Reynolds in 1994.
Wietting has 43 PATs on the season, which is nine behind Kyle Waldrup’s record set in the 2000 season.
If there was an area of concern for the Wildcats, it was their 12 penalty flags for 108 yards – their second straight game over 100 yards.
Trigg’s win over Glasgow was their first since a 21-0 win over the Scotties in the first round of the 1971 playoffs.
The Wildcats will take a 9-2 record into this week’s second round game at Owensboro Catholic. The Aces blitzed Heath 56-18 last week.
Elsewhere, Fort Campbell beat Edmonson County 58-0, and Caldwell County won at Monroe County 21-20 for their first playoff win in five years. It marked the first time since the 2000 season that Class 2A District 1 won three games in the first round over their rivals from District 2.
EXTRA POINTS – Woodall’s fumble recovery for a touchdown was the tenth one returned by the Wildcats for a score this season…Trigg County has scored in 73 straight games, which has set the new school record. The old mark was 68 straight games from 1968-73…Trigg County was a perfect 4-for-4 on third down conversions, while Glasgow was 0-10…The 56 points scored is the second-most scored by the Wildcats in a playoff game. Trigg beat Edmonson County 69-14 in the first round of the 2001 playoffs…Trigg County has topped 50 points six times this season, one more than the 2000 Wildcats who held the previous high.