Wildcats hammer Webster County 47-0
by Scott Brown, Sports Editor Email Scott
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Fireworks lit up the sky during the second quarter of Trigg County’s game last Friday with Webster County, courtesy of the Ham Festival Committee.

The Wildcats provided the fireworks in the first quarter, lighting up the Perdue Field scoreboard for 27 points on their way to a 47-0 thrashing of the Trojans.

The victory moved the Wildcats to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in district play, assuring them of a playoff berth.

Trigg wasted little time in taking control of the contest, scoring on the second play of the game and adding three more scores in the first 12 minutes of action.

But it was the Wildcat defense that was the story of Senior Night, scoring twice, forcing three turnovers, and limiting the Trojans to 58 total yards and two first downs.

Frank Russell’s 51-yard return on the opening kickoff set up Trigg’s first score, a 39-yard screen pass along the right sideline from Tommy Woodall to Steven Wadlington, who punctuated the touchdown with a thunderous stiffarm of Webster County defender Stuart Jordan at the 5-yard line.

The Wildcats added their second score three plays later when John David Fourqurean was in the process of sacking Webster quarterback Ben Boone. Facing a sack near the goal line, Boone threw an ill-advised pass that Russell picked off at the 5-yard line and returned the 15 feet for the score with 9:32 left in the opening quarter.

It was the fourth touchdown for Russell this year, with all four coming by different means. The senior has a touchdown by punt return, kickoff return, and rushing.

Webster County, a team that won the region title just two years ago, appeared to be a shell of the former team and looked out of sync all night long.

Battling injuries that sidelined three important starters in recent weeks, the Trojans were whistled for three illegal procedure penalties among their first five plays.

A special teams miscue set the table for Trigg’s third score when a punt snap sailed over the head of Trojans’ punter Stuart Jordan, who was tackled at his own 21-yard line.

Taylor McGee covered 18 yards on four carries, and Woodall added the final three, topping off the short drive with a 1-yard run to give the Wildcats a 20-0 lead with 2:26 left in the quarter.

"We established some things early and wanted to run Taylor more," Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins said. "We want some balance in the backfield, and Taylor can do more than just block."

Webster’s night didn’t get any better when Deadrian Rollins broke a couple of tackles for a 25-yard run, but was stripped of the football at the Wildcat 40-yard line.

Kewanis Kennedy scooped up his team-leading fourth fumble of the season, and four plays later, McGee scored from seven yards out for a 27-0 lead with eight seconds left in the quarter.

With the big lead, the Wildcats decided to work on their passing game in the second quarter.

Woodall completed 9-of-14 passes for 130 yards in the second quarter alone and finished 10-of-16 for 169 yards.

The junior quarterback connected with six different receivers on various routes, including a 31-yard scoring strike to Jamaal Boyd along the left side for Trigg County’s lone score of the quarter.

Boyd hauled in four passes for 75 yards, while Steven Wadlington caught two passes for 52 yards.

"We gave Tommy lots of chances to throw and read coverages," Higgins said. "We have to be able to make the reads and throw downfield some."

The Wildcats also got the job done on the ground, rushing for 212 yards on 36 carries.

Wadlington rushed for 103 yards on just nine carries and became the fifth Wildcat running back to top 3,000 yards for his career, joining Al Baker (5,396), Greg Bridges (4,694), Kelvin Grubbs (4,630), and Selby Grubbs (4,560).

"We wanted to make sure he got that milestone at home. That’s a great accomplishment for Stevie and the lineman that’s played in front of him. That’s a great list he’s on," Higgins said.

Trigg county capped off the scoring on the game’s final play when Fourqurean picked off Boone pass at the 5-yard line and returned it for his first career varsity touchdown.

It marked the first time since the Russellville game in 2000 that Trigg County returned two interceptions for a touchdown in the same game.

The Wildcats outgained Webster County 381-58 and had 13 first downs to their two.

Trigg County now leads the all-timer series with Webster County 13-4 and have won four of the last five meetings with the Trojans.

The win also gives Higgins a 46-19 record as TCHS head coach, tying him with Joe Jaggers for second on the all-time wins list. Jaggers, the state’s all-time winningest coach with several schools, was 46-25 at Trigg from 1971-76.

Higgins is 46-19 in his sixth season at TCHS.

Meanwhile, the Wildcat J.V. team beat Hopkinsville 20-14 Monday at Perdue Field.
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