The Wildcats first loss of the season dropped them to 3-1 overall and 1-1 in district play.
"They dominated us from a defensive standpoint," head coach Curtis Higgins said after the loss. "We couldn’t get anything going on offense. We just got our butts kicked by them."
The Wildcats were held to 109 total yards of offense, including just 33 in the second half, and failed to score an offensive touchdown for the first time since 1999.
Fort Campbell took advantage of six Wildcat turnovers, including five interceptions by quarterback Tommy Woodall.
24 of Fort Campbell’s 27 points came as a result of those miscues.
Leonard Gordon picked off three of Woodall’s passes, the first of which set up Fort Campbell’s opening score.
"He is playing Marcus McClinton’s spot this year and has done a good job of taking away the deep threat," Falcon head coach Shawn Berner said.
The Wildcats had two picks and lost a fumble on their first three possessions.
Micah Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound junior, needed just two plays to cover the 14 yards needed to put Fort Campbell ahead 7-0 with 9:14 left in the first quarter.
After Gordon made a spectacular one-handed grab for his second interception, Nate Johnson booted home a 40-yard field goal for a 10-0 Falcon lead with 6:35 left in the opening quarter that seemed to deflate the Wildcats and their fans.
Trigg’s third turnover on a fumble by Woodall set the Falcons up for a 28-yard field goal that was wide.
The defenses for both teams took over with the next three drives for each squad ending in a punt.
The Wildcats drove into Falcon territory on their next three possessions.
Woodall hit Devin Tejada down the right sideline for a 39-yard gain that saw 15 penalty yards tacked on for a late hit.
But Trigg gained just six yards on three plays and had to punt.
On their next drive, Jacob Wadlington missed a 38-yard field goal after the Wildcats drove to the Falcon 17.
Fort Campbell outgained Trigg 134-33 in the second half when they assumed control of the game.
"Defensively, we played awesome. We gave up only one long drive all night," Higgins said.
Fort Campbell’s offense had 183 total yards and nine first downs in the contest, but started seven offensive drives in Wildcat territory.
Johnson stepped in front of a Woodall pass at the Wildcat 11 on Trigg’s first possession of the second half. He was hit as he neared the goal line and fumbled. Lineman Bronson Levale recovered to give the Falcons a 17-0 lead.
Johnson later scored his second rushing touchdown on a 33-yard run with 35 seconds left in the third quarter. That drive equaled the Falcons’ longest scoring drive of the night.
Trigg County’s lone touchdown came with 11:02 left in the game when Jake Wallace scooped up a Falcon fumbled and returned it 57 yards for the score. The conversion run by the Wildcats failed.
Fort Campbell ended the scoring with a 38-yard field goal by Johnson with 5:22 left for the final 21-point margin.
Johnson proved to be the only offensive player who got on track in the game, rushing for 134 yards on 17 carries. The rest of the Falcon backfield combined for 12 yards on 25 carries.
Injuries built up for the Wildcats, who were already without a healthy Steven Wadlington. The senior running back, who entered the game with 303 yards in three games, was still bothered by a hip-pointer suffered in the Reidland game and only carried five times for 15 yards.
Jon Wilson had 26 yards on nine carries, and Taylor McGee 16 yards on seven carries as the Wildcats were held to 59 rushing yards – their lowest output since a 58-yard effort against Webster County in 2001.
"I thought our skill kids could match up with them, but they didn’t. We couldn’t break open on pass routes and we couldn’t block them," Higgins said.
The Wildcats lost several starters to injuries throughout the game.
Offensive guards Pierre Grubbs (knee) and R.T. Bacon (broken hand) both left the game, as did receivers Devin Tejada (ankle) and Jamaal Boyd (knee), and
defensive back Dylan Sonnek (knee).
"It was frustrating there for a while. I didn’t even know who was going in the game at times because so many people were out. Maybe Fort Campbell is just harder than us," Higgins said.
Fort Campbell improved to 3-1 and 1-0 in the district.
Trigg County is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in district play.
The Wildcats return to action in their first road game of the year Friday at Caldwell County.
EXTRA POINTS – Woodall’s five interceptions were one shy of the school record set in 1966...The 21-point district loss at home is the worst since Higgins became coach in 1999...Fort Campbell leads the all-time series 19-11, including nine wins in the last 11 meetings...The last time Trigg County failed to score an offensive touchdown was also the last time they were shutout, in October 1999 by Crittenden County...Falcon running back Steven Nunn, who burned the Wildcats for 120 yards on eight carries last year, had minus-two yards on six carries Friday.