Trigg County hosts unbeaten Reidland Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at Perdue Field.
The Wildcats are coming off high-energy wins over Mayfield and Graves County, but the victories weren’t perfect. The week off has given the Wildcats a chance to fix some problems that surfaced in the first two games.
Trigg County has given up 843 yards of offense and 59 points in two games. Of particular concern is the secondary that has been burned for 457 yards and five touchdowns.
"We used three days last week to work on some of our shortcomings, and we felt pretty good about getting them fixed," Higgins said.
The coach is hoping things are fixed as the Wildcats embark on five consecutive district games, with two of those against top challengers Fort Campbell and Heath.
Reidland comes to Perdue Field Friday with their first 2-0 record in nine years.
The Greyhounds have beaten Fulton County 23-14 and Ballard Memorial 33-14. Those teams are a combined 0-5.
It’s unlikely Reidland can duplicate the passing numbers of Trigg’s first two opponents.
The Greyhounds have only 66 passing yards in two games. Quarterback Matt Cornwell has completed 5-of-12 passes and has been picked off once.
Reidland has had some success running the football early in the season.
Fullback John Boaz is the leading ground gainer in Reidland’s wing-T attack, rushing for 193 yards and a touchdown. Wingback Jeremy Styers has rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns.
In last week’s win over Ballard Memorial, freshman Andrew Hobbs rushed for 60 yards and two scores and caught three passes for 60 yards.
"Boaz is a good fullback, and Hobbs ran the ball very good against Ballard Memorial. They’re big up front but they don’t have near the speed we do," Higgins said.
Reidland has also benefited from the mistakes their winless Class 1A opponents gave them, recovering nine fumbles in two weeks.
The Greyhounds are also prone to giving up the big play. Last week, Ballard Memorial scored on runs of 67 and 72 yards.
That should benefit the Wildcats, who have five plays of 30 yards or more in their first two games.
Tommy Woodall has assumed the starting job at quarterback and has completed 16-of-22 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
On the ground, Steven Wadlington has rushed for 244 yards on just 27 carries.
Trigg County has won nine of the 11 career meetings with Reidland, including the last two by an aggregate score of 112-0.
Last year, the Wildcats sacked three Reidland quarterbacks eight times and held the Greyhounds to 33 total yards, including minus-31 rushing yards.
With a showdown with Fort Campbell looming next week, Higgins doesn’t think the Wildcats will look past Reidland based on past success.
"I think we’ll be O.K. Reidland is coming in here 2-0 and with some confidence. We have to let them know who the better team is early," Higgins said.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL – Trigg County is 4-1 against Reidland at Perdue Field…Since 2000, the Wildcats are 4-0 after returning from an open week, winning those games by an average score of 46-12…Steven Wadlington needs 277 yards to pass Edgar McGee and move into fifth place on Trigg County’s all-time rushing list. The senior back enters the Reidland game with 2,479 yards…Trigg County has an all-time September winning percentage of .421…Trigg is 31-14 (.688) against schools from McCracken County…Trigg County has already won 38 games in this decade, which is four more than the entire decade of the 1990s and two fewer than the decade of the 1960s. TCHS won 63 games in the 1980s and 59 in the 1970s...Trigg County is 18-9 in district games with Higgins as head coach.