The Wildcats scored on their first four possessions and coasted to a 56-12 win over Madisonville in the first game, which was delayed 70 minutes because of the high heat index.
Aloca, Tenn. beat Hopkinsville 37-6 in the nightcap that ended at 12:40 a.m.
Trigg County’s point total was the most ever scored by a Wildcat team in a season opener, eclipsing the old mark of 54 set in Trigg’s win over Logan County ten years ago.
Because the heat index at the scheduled 6 p.m. start was 111 degrees, officials had to wait 70 minutes until that figure dropped below the 104 degrees allowable by the KHSAA.
Once the game began, Trigg County showed no ill effects of the delay.
“We won that game before we ever kicked off. Our attitude and effort were great,” said head coach Curtis Higgins, who improved to 4-3 in Wildcat season openers. “They didn’t care if it was 125 degrees out there. They approached the delay with the right attitude.”
Once the game was underway, Trigg County’s offensive line – which had struggled in their two preseason scrimmages – played like a veteran unit, allowing quarterback Tommy Woodall time to pick apart the Madisonville secondary for 200 yards passing on 13-of-20 attempts.
The Wildcats also rushed for 210 yards, with Woodall leading the way with 126 yards on nine carries.
“I was very pleased with the offense. Our offensive line did a good job of protecting Tommy. We sprinted him out early to give him some time and did some other things,” Higgins said.
With Madisonville using a linebacker to play man defense on Jamaal Boyd, Woodall found a nice alternative in Devin Tejada, who caught seven passes for 129 yards – all in the first half – and was named game MVP.
“The linebackers were blitzing on defense so I was able to get inside and catch the ball,” Tejada said.
It was the Woodall-to-Tejada combination that set up Trigg’s first score on the opening drive.
The pair hooked up three times for 46 yards, including an 11-yard scoring toss that capped a 13-play, 87 yards drive that gave Trigg a 7-0 lead.
John David Fourqurean recovered a Madisonville fumble on the ensuing Maroon drive, which set up a 26-yard touchdown run by Scotty Mayes with 2:43 left in the opening quarter. The sophomore rushed for 53 yards on five carries.
While Trigg County was cutting through Maroon defense like Sherman through Atlanta, Madisonville was struggling with their punting game, which led to Trigg County’s next two scores.
A high snap forced the Maroon punter to roll out and throw an incomplete pass on fourth down. The Wildcats needed just four plays to reach the end zone, with Taylor McGee scoring on a 2-yard run on the second play of the second quarter for a 20-0 lead.
On their next drive, Madisonville’s punt was blocked by Rozelle Boyd and scooped up by Stephon Smithers, who took it three yards in for the score and a 27-0 lead.
Boyd had earlier blocked a Maroon punt, but it was nullified because the Wildcats had 12 men on the field.
“We didn’t think they had taken a live snap on punts in their scrimmages, and we worked on our punt defense all week,” Higgins said.
Woodall found Tejada for a 38-yard touchdown, and McGee added a 1-yard run on the final play of the first half for a 42-6 halftime cushion.
Both teams exchanged long touchdown runs in the early stages of the third quarter. Madisonville’s Kevin Bryant raced around the right end for a 69-yard touchdown on the second play of the quarter.
Woodall answered for Trigg County on the very next play when he found a hole on a counter play and ran 67 yards for the score and a 49-12 lead.
Trigg’s final score came on a 4-yard run by Robert Sholar with 53 seconds left in the game.
Trigg County rushed for 210 yards in the game and finished with 410 yards in total offense, averaging 8.9 yards a play.
“I’ll take that every night,” Higgins said.
Trigg County’s defense especially came up big against a highly-touted Maroon offensive line, holding Madisonville to 107 yards and five first downs.
“We didn’t block anyone, and we really didn’t play a lick out there. I’m very disappointed,” said first-year Maroon head coach Bernard Brant.
Kevin Bryant led Madisonville with 117 yards on 14 carries, but the rest of the Maroon rushers combined for minus-27 yards on 20 carries.
Trigg County also recorded three sacks.
“Defensively, we did what we wanted to do. Teams are going to find it hard to run on us,” Higgins said.
The Wildcats return to action Saturday afternoon against Bowling Green in the Pigskin Classic at Franklin Simpson High School. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
EXTRA POINTS – Trigg County has scored 108 points in their last two games with Madisonville…Higgins said Jeffery Adams was the extra person on the field when Trigg’s blocked punt was nullified due to penalty. “I don’t know how we as coaches could have missed him,” Higgins said…Taylor McGee didn’t play in the second half due to taking a helmet to the knee…The two teams are also scheduled to meet in next year’s Integra Bank Bowl…Trigg County scored 42 points in the first half despite having the football for just 8:35, compared to 15:25 for Madisonville… The Wildcats converted all three of their chances on fourth down…Wildcat kicker Brent Wietting converted six-of-seven extra point kicks.