Trigg County wraps up their non-district football Friday against Hopkins Central, their third straight Class 3A opponent.
The Friday contest is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
The Wildcats enter the game with a 1-1 record, while Hopkins Central has dropped their first two games of the season.
Trigg County’s preparation time for Friday’s game has been seriously hampered by the remnants of Hurricane Katrina, with heavy rains and subsequent early dismissal of school forcing the cancellation of practice Monday.
“Coming off a game like Bowling Green, we need to get back out there and practice,” Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins said, adding the Wildcats have been able to practice inside this week.
Higgins said the main emphasis has been to correct some of the mistakes that were prevalent in Trigg County’s 49-7 loss to the Purples Saturday.
The loss was Trigg’s worst in six years.
“We need to get back out there quick and get going, and we need to get some better play out of some people. We may start playing some younger players if it doesn’t change,” Higgins said.
In Hopkins Central, the Wildcats will play a team that was 3-7 last year and missed the playoffs for the first time since 1998.
The Storm return seven starters in their spread offense, which Higgins said resembles the no huddle passing style that Owensboro Catholic used last year under hired gun Tony Franklin.
“They run a no huddle and call their offense at the line like Catholic did. But they like to throw to their running backs more than Catholic because they are the best two players on their team.
Tristan Pettus rushed for 863 yards and four touchdowns last year and has 184 yards in two games this year.
Also returning in Snodgrass’ spread offense is T.J. Martin (31 catches, 344 yards, 2 TDs in 2004), although Martin has seen time in the backfield this year. Martin has nine catches for 95 yards this year.
Whoever can run the ball the best, may have the upper hand Friday. Hopkins Central managed just 70 rushing yards in their 21-13 loss to Daviess County Saturday.
Trigg County had just 45 yards on the ground against Bowling Green.
“We both run the football about the same, but they use their running backs more in their passing game than we do,” Higgins said.
On defense, the Storm return six starters, including Martin and Brad Menser.
A Wildcat win would give them a 2-1 record heading into next week’s district opener against Reidland.
“Before the season, I would have taken a 2-1 record after three games. We just have to take care of business on the field and take care of the football,” Higgins said.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL – Friday will be the first game between the Wildcats and Hopkins Central, which was formed in 1996 after the consolidation of West Hopkins and South Hopkins High. West Hopkins never fielded a football team, while Trigg County was 2-2 in four career meetings with South Hopkins…Trigg County owns a 98-134-4 (.423) career record in September…