The Wildcats will look to continue their success against the Trojans in a series that Trigg leads 13-4, including four of the last five.
Their first order of business Friday will be to stop the Trojan running game – more specifically, DeAdrian Rollins.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore as among the state 2A rushing leaders, averaging 159 yards a game to go with his ten touchdowns. He has already topped 200 yards twice this year in helping the Trojans to a 2-4 mark (2-1 in district play).
Leading the way for Rollins is junior fullback Brian Pinkston (5-11, 190) and a pair of big linemen – 280-pound senior Corey Hobgood and 230-pound senior Matthew Wright.
Sophomore quarterback Steven Turner threw for 356 yards in three games last year and then saw his season ended with a broken collarbone.
He returns under center while the backup quarterback Ben Boone has moved to receiver.
“They’re better than they were last year,” Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins said. “They are big up front and can move the football. We’re going to have to shut down their run.”
While Webster County has some offensive weapons at their disposal, their defense hasn’t been as good allowing 28 points a game. That total is good news to a Wildcat offense that is scoring 35 points a game.
Last week, the Trojans gave up 203 rushing yards in a 33-14 loss to Lone Oak. Two weeks ago, they gave up 452 yards in a 47-6 loss to Crittenden County.
In last week’s win at Heath, Tommy Woodall threw for 181 yards and became the fifth TCHS quarterback to throw for over 1,000 yards in two or more seasons. For the season, he has completed 59-of-121 passes for 1,024 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In addition to stopping Webster County’s running game, Higgins said the Wildcats must stop the Trojans on third down, something they haven’t done well the last two weeks.
Caldwell County converted 4-of-8 third down chances two weeks ago, and Heath was 7-of-13 last week.
“We keep losing third downs. We’re winning the turnover battle thankfully, but we keep losing the third downs and we’re going to have to get better there,” Higgins said.
The Wildcats are scheduled to have next Friday off, need to head into the open week with some momentum before ending the regular season with home games against Muhlenberg South and Lone Oak.
Game time Friday in Dixon is set for 7:30 p.m.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL – Historically, October has proven to be Trigg County’s most successful month on the gridiron with an all-time mark of 134-125-7 (.517). Webster County was the last team to beat Trigg County in October in the 2002 season…The Wildcats have shut out the Trojans in three of their last four meetings…Robert Sholar continues to lead the Wildcat defense in sacks (4) and fumble recoveries (3)…Jamaal Boyd has 16 career touchdown receptions, which ties him with Prince Northington (2000-02) for second on the all-time TCHS list. Boyd’s 1,047 career receiving yards rank fifth on the all-time TCHS list.