The Wildcats turned three Caldwell interceptions into scores and cruised to a 33-14 win over the Tigers Friday at Perdue Field.
The victory was Trigg County’s sixth over Caldwell County in their last seven meetings, and fourth straight win at Perdue Field.
Caldwell still leads the all-time series with Trigg 34-17-1, but the Wildcats have won eight out of 12 and 16-of-34 since the 1971 season.
“We did a lot of things well,” said head coach Curtis Higgins. “We wanted to come out fast and do some things early, and we did.”
Showing no ill effects of last week’s close loss at Fort Campbell, the Wildcats scored the first three times they touched the football in building a 19-7 first quarter lead.
Tommy Woodall hooked up with Jamaal Boyd on a pair of touchdowns and ran for a third.
Woodall completed 6-of-9 passes for 151 yards and three touchdowns. He was picked off twice.
Three of Woodall’s passes were to Boyd, who had 101 yards receiving.
“Tommy connected on his passes early, and that was very important. It allowed us do be effective in other areas,” Higgins said.
Trigg’s 151-yard passing total was their highest since a loss to Bowling Green in the season’s second week and helped balance a 420 yard attack.
The Wildcats opened the game with a 7-play, 55-yard drive that culminated in an 11-yard run by Woodall with 8:24 left in the opening quarter.
Caldwell County quickly answered when Rodney Bell picked up a first down on a 36-yard run and later scored on a 33-yard draw play to tie the game at 7-7 with 5:33 left.
But the tie was short-lived as Woodall found Boyd open down the right sideline. Boyd outjumped a Tiger defender for the football at the 30 and outran him for a 64-yard touchdown and a 13-7 lead with 4:29 left.
Still shook by the quick response, Caldwell County turned the football over two plays later when Woodall stepped in front of a Cameron Williams pop pass at the Tiger 18-yard line.
On the very next play, Woodall found Boyd on a crossing pattern for an 18-yard score and a 19-7 Wildcat lead with 3:31 still left in the first quarter.
Both teams exchanged turnovers as the defenses both teams took over in the second quarter.
Caldwell strung together an 11-play, 85-yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock, but the Tigers couldn’t convert their success into a score as consecutive incomplete passes at the Wildcat 5-yard line ended their drive.
The Tigers were again knocking on the door late in the first half, but Taylor McGee stepped in front of a Williams pass and returned it to the 36-yard line with 2:38 left until halftime.
“We had our opportunities and moved the football. We just couldn’t get the job done in the first half,” Caldwell head coach Pat Gates said.
Trigg picked up some large chunks of yardage and slammed the door shut on the Tigers when Woodall found a leaping Devin Tejada for a 26-yard score with 17 seconds left before intermission to increase their score to 27-7.
Caldwell County controlled the clock in the second half for 15 of the 24 minutes, but only managed one score.
On Trigg’s first drive of the second half, Scotty Mayes raced around the left end for a 69-yard score to put Trigg ahead 33-7. Mayes finished with 116 yards on seven carries.
Caldwell finished their scoring when Bell scored from a yard out with 4:17 left in the game.
Bell finished with 124 yards on 18 carries, but leading rusher Allen Wadlington was held to two yards on five carries before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a banged up knee.
Caldwell County had 270 yards of offense, including 176 rushing yards on 37 carries.
Through the air, Williams was 8-of-20 for 94 yards and three interceptions.
“We wanted to keep pressure on Williams and make him make mistakes. Those two early interceptions were huge. Robert (Sholar) did a good job of keeping pressure on their quarterback,” Higgins said.
Trigg County improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the district. The Wildcats travel to Heath (4-1, 2-0) Friday.
Caldwell County fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the district.
EXTRA POINTS – Lineman Jeffery Adams fell on a fumble on a two-point conversion in the second quarter for his first points of the season…Trigg County was 3-of-5 on third down conversions and 3-of-4 in the red zone. Caldwell converted 4-of-10 on third down and 1-of-2 inside the Wildcat 20-yard line…Trigg County had a touchdown pass called back – their fifth score negated due to penalty in six games…Trigg County was penalized eight times for 78 yards. Caldwell had two flags for 15 yards.