The result was 233 yards through the air and three touchdowns in Trigg’s 42-0 win over the Suns last Friday in Greenville.
"Not bad considering we needed to work on our passing game," the Wildcat head coach said after the win pushed Trigg County’s record to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in district play.
Tommy Woodall completed 12-of-21 for 200 yards and two touchdowns. The 200-yard performance by the junior quarterback was his highest output since throwing for 226 yards against Graves County in the second game of the season.
Dylan Sonnek came off the bench to complete three passes for 33 yards and a score.
Trigg County’s 25 passing attempts were the most since attempting 28 in a loss at Fort Campbell last year.
"We wanted to throw when the game meant something. We need to be effective both running and passing the football," Higgins said.
The Wildcats came out passing on eight of their first nine snaps but had trouble finishing the drive.
Woodall was intercepted at the Sun 41-yard line on Trigg’s first possession and at the Sun 45 on their third drive.
Trigg County’s only points of the first quarter came when Jake Wallace picked off a pass from Richie Braem and returned it 56 yards for the score with 4:32 left in the quarter.
Jacob Wadlington, the Wildcats’ normal kicker, sat out the game due to a groin injury. Brent Wietting’s point after attempt was blocked, giving the Wildcats a 6-0.
Wietting did connect on his next two attempts in the second half.
Trigg’s offense got on track in the second quarter as runs of 15 and 42 yards by Steven Wadlington set up an 8-yard scoring pass from Woodall to Jamaal Boyd for a 12-0 lead with 4:59 left in the half.
On the Wildcats’ next drive, Wadlington carried the football three times for 41 yards and capped the drive with a 6-yard run up the middle with 1:39 left.
Woodall hit Wallace in the right corner of the end zone on the conversion pass for a 20-0 Trigg lead before halftime.
The Wildcats finished off the Suns by scoring on their first three drives of the second half.
Starting at their own 7-yard line, the Wildcats needed just five plays to cover the distance to the goal line.
Devin Tejada hauled in a 30-yard pass along the Wildcat sideline that set up a 50-yard screen pass to Taylor McGee two plays later. McGee was tackled at the 2-yard line but scored his fifth touchdown of the year on the next play.
Frank Russell scored on the conversion run to give the Wildcats a 28-0 lead with 7:52 left in the third quarter.
Boyd scored his second touchdown of the game and eighth of the season just three minutes later on an 18-yard pass from Woodall along the right side. Boyd finished with five catches for 59 yards.
Trigg County rounded out the scoring when Sonnek hit Wadlington on a 13-yard screen with 1:08 left in the third quarter.
In addition to rushing for 131 yards on just 12 carries, Wadlington caught three passes for 50 yards.
While it took a quarter for Trigg County’s offense to get on track, the Wildcat defense was clicking on all cylinders all night.
Muhlenberg South managed just nine total yards in the first half and 78 for the game. Eleven of their 14 drives ended in punts and they didn’t cross the Wildcat 40-yard line until the final minute of the game when the subs were in.
"That’s the best our defense has played in a long time. They were averaging over 200 yards a game rushing and we shut them down," Higgins said. "We had people flying all over the place."
Since losing 27-6 to Fort Campbell on Sept. 24, the Wildcats have won five straight games and given up just 35 points during that stretch.
The win was Trigg County’s fifth straight in the series with Muhlenberg South. The Suns have mustered only 323 total yards in their last three games against the Wildcats and have been outscored 137-12.
Trigg County closes out the regular season Friday at Lone Oak.
Wildcats join the 1,000-yard club
Wildcat quarterback Tommy Woodall and running back Steven Wadlington both topped the 1,000-yard mark for the season in Trigg County’s win over Muhlenberg South.
Woodall passed for 200 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 1,048 for the season.
He is the 15th Wildcat quarterback to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season, and it marks the seventh consecutive season a TCHS quarterback has reached 1,000 yards.
Dan Moser holds the single season record with 2,593 yards in 2000.
Wadlington’s 131-yard effort gives him 1,087 for the season and marks the 19th time a Wildcat back has topped 1,000 yards. Wadlington rushed for 1,176 yards last year.
Selby Grubbs holds the single season mark with 2,242 yards in 1972.
The feat marks only the sixth time Trigg County has a had both a quarterback and a running back top 1,000 yards in the same season.
Wildcat defense turning into a pretty potent offense
Jake Wallace’s interception return for a touchdown was the eighth for the Wildcat defense this year, not counting three scores on punt and kickoff returns.
The Wildcats have returned four interpcetions for touchdowns and four fumbles for scores.
The 48 points scored by the defense accounts for 14-percent of Trigg County’s scoring total.
"Those have been some big time plays for us," Higgins said. "That takes the wind out of your sail when you’re moving the ball and the other team scores off a turnover."
The 48 points scored by the Wildcat defense is also as many or more than five teams from across the state have scored all season. They are Fleming Neon (48), Trimble County (46), Letcher (46), Bourbon County (40), and Pineville (25).