Lone Oak didn’t make history.
Playing perhaps their best all-around game of the season, Trigg County blitzed the Purple Flash into submission, winning 41-7 last Friday at Flash Field.
The win guarantees the Wildcats a two seed in the playoffs for a second straight year and a home game in the first round.
"I’m real pleased with how we played," said Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins. "We played extremely well and had a good balance on offense and just flew to the ball on defense."
The Wildcat defense shut down the Lone Oak offense, holding them to 28 first half yards and four first downs in the first 24 minutes.
Trigg County registered six sacks of Flash quarterback Elliott Treece.
Kewanis Kennedy recorded three sacks, while Rick Woods had one and assisted on another.
"We thought they were going to run more, and we had a lot of guys in the box. They tried to throw but didn’t have any time. Once we got up 21-0, we backed off and played more in the secondary," Higgins said.
With the Wildcat defensive front applying pressure, the secondary also came up big, helping hold Treece to 4-of-21 passing for 90 yards – nearly 60 yards below his season average.
Lone Oak, intent on taking away Trigg County’s screen pass, watched the Wildcats run the football 14 of their first 15 plays from scrimmage.
After missing a 37-yard field goal attempt on their first drive, the Wildcats scored on their four of their next five drives in building a 27-0 halftime lead.
Six straight run plays culminated in a 2-yard run by Taylor McGee with 1:37 left in the opening quarter that gave the Wildcats a 7-0 lead.
A good indication of how Trigg’s night would go came on Treece’s first interception when his pass attempt bounced off the back of Frank Russell’s helmet and was caught by Devin Tejada, one of two picks by the junior.
The Wildcats needed just five plays to cover 46 yards. One third-and-1, Tejada was wide open when the Lone Oak cornerback bit on a play action pass, and the result was a 25-yard touchdown reception with 10:25 left in the half that put the Wildcats ahead 14-0.
Lone Oak’s next drive stalled at the Wildcat 39-yard line and the ensuing punt backed Trigg up at their own 1-yard line.
After two runs by Wadlington netted 15 yards, Woodall found Jamaal Boyd open down the left sideline for an 80-yard pickup before he was tackled at the Flash 8-yard line.
Boyd finished with 110 yards on two catches.
Four plays later, Woodall scored on a fourth down sneak from one yard out to give Trigg a 21-0 lead with 4:49 left.
Trigg County essentially put the game away when they drove 67 yards in just five plays before halftime.
A halfback option pass from Steven Wadlington to Tejada picked up 34 yards, and Woodall found Jake Wallace on an 11-yard slant for a 27-0 lead at intermission.
"When we got up 20 points, I thought it kind of broke their backs. But you could really see it when we scored 27 at halftime," Higgins said. "They took away our screen passes and were up on the receivers real tight in the secondary."
Woodall completed 7-of-10 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats had 198 passing yards and 163 rushing yards.
Trigg outgained the Purple Flash 361-135.
McGee had 10 carries for 55 yards, while Wadlington added 57 yards on 12 carries.
"Steven got a little dinged up. He took a shot in the knee. It was nothing bad, but once it got out of hand I pulled him. I know where my bread is buttered, and it’s buttered with #32," Higgins said.
Before being pulled, Wadlington scored on a 10-yard screen pass in the third quarter.
The Wildcats capped off the scoring when Tejada intercepted his second pass of the night and returned it 48 yards for the score, picking up several good blocks along the Wildcat sideline.
"The interception was, in my mind, a microcosm for the game," Higgins said. "The defender grabbed Devin’s face mask trying to bring him down. He broke loose and had six white jerseys down the field. Dennis (Acree) had a huge block, and Jeff (Adams) had a big block on the quarterback at the end zone."
Lone Oak got on the scoreboard against the J.V. unit with 6:17 left in the game on a 5-yard run by Mark Hall.
It was the first touchdown Trigg County had allowed in the fourth quarter since the second game of the season.
Trigg County finishes the regular season with a 9-1 record for the first time since the 2000 season and improved to 15-2 all-time against Lone Oak.