Wildcat defense stout in first football scrimmage
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For the second straight year, Trigg County held Calloway County to minus yardage in their preseason football scrimmage. And for the second straight year, it meant a shutout victory for the Wildcats.

Trigg’s defense was the highlight of a 22-0 scrimmage win over the Lakers Friday at Jack Rose Stadium in Murray.

"Defensively, I thought we looked alright," Wildcat Head Coach Curtis Higgins said.

The Wildcat defense limited Calloway to minus-69 yards rushing and minus-22 yards total in 38 plays.

Trigg County, which returns eight starters on defense from a year ago, sacked the Laker quarterbacks five times and allowed positive rushing yards on just two of Calloway’s 19 rushing attempts. They also recorded a safety when a Calloway fumble rolled out of the end zone.

The Wildcat offense also looked sharp early, scoring on their first two pass plays.

A 38-yard run by Taylor McGee set up the first score when Dylan Sonnek hit Jamaal Boyd for a 20-yard touchdown.

Sonnek found Devin Tejada across the middle for a 59-yard scoring strike on their next possession.

Sonnek was 7-of-11 passing for 141 yards and two scores. He was picked off once.

Trigg County’s offensive line allowed five sacks, but Higgins said he was looking at several different combinations throughout the scrimmage.

"That doesn’t concern me right now because of the different people we had in there. We got a look at some kids who can play the line and others who may not be ready yet," he said.

Seven different Wildcats caught a pass, led by Boyd who hauled in two for 47 yards.

Rick Woods scored Trigg’s final touchdown on a 4-yard run. He finished with 28 yards on six carries.

Frank Russell led the Wildcats on the ground with 85 yards on five carries, while McGee added 54 yards on three carries.

The Wildcats played the scrimmage without leading rusher Steven Wadlington. His status for this week’s scrimmage is unknown.

Without him, The Wildcats rolled up 149 yards on the ground on 29 attempts.

Trigg County finished with 305 yards on 44 plays (6.9 per play).

Higgins was also pleased with the play of new kicker Jacob Wadlington, who booted home two-of-three extra points and handled the punting duties.

Trigg County’s final preseason tune-up will be Thursday night at Hopkinsville at 5 p.m. at Hopkinsville High’s practice field behind the school. If it rains Thursday, Higgins said the scrimmage would be moved to the Stadium of Champions.

Both teams will open the season August 20 at Perdue Field in the fourth Integra Bank Bowl. Trigg County will play Mayfield at 6 p.m., and Hopkinsville will play Memphis Ridgeway at 8:30 p.m.
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