“Our off week comes at a good time. We’re all a little bit tired and need to get away for a couple of days,” Higgins said, adding that the team will have Thursday and Friday off, which are scheduled off days from school also. “We’ll come back next week and get ready for Muhlenberg South.”
Based on their performance at Webster County, the time off is much deserved by the Wildcats.
Trigg County scored on seven of their first eight offensive possessions and held the Trojans to one-third of their normal rushing output in the tenth highest scoring output in Wildcat football history.
The Wildcats averaged 10.7 yards a rush and finished the game with 301 yards on the ground.
Three Wildcat backs had over 70 yards rushing, led by Scotty Mayes with 84 yards on seven carries and Tommy Woodall with 71 yards on seven carries. Marcus Mayes had two carries in the second half for 73 yards.
“They tried to double-team our receivers, and we spread them out and run the ball effectively I thought,” Higgins said.
Trigg also got the job done through the air as Woodall continued his recent efficiency, completing 11-of-15 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. The senior signal caller has completed 23-of-35 passes the past three weeks.
Jamaal Boyd caught four passes for 90 yards, and Stephon Smithers added four catches for 56 yards. Each had one touchdown catch.
“Stephon has developed into a solid receiver for us, and he gives us a third option in throwing the football,” Higgins said.
The Wildcats rolled up 467 yards of total offense and had a season-high 18 first downs, which Higgins attributed to Trigg County winning the contest in the trenches.
“Webster is really young, and I thought we dominated them up front. Tommy had time to set and throw and we had holes to run through,” he said.
For the sixth time in eight games, the Wildcats scored on their opening possession, driving 61 yards in just six plays.
Woodall scrambled 22 yards around the right end to give the Wildcats a 6-0 lead. Brent Wietting missed the extra point but hit his final seven attempts on the night.
The walls caved in on the Trojans after that as the Wildcats got a gift touchdown on the next drive.
A bad snap on a punt at the Webster 24-yard line sailed over Webster punter Steven Turner’s head. Instead of picking the football up, Turner tried to kick the football out of the back of the end zone. The ball never made it, and Rozelle Boyd fell on the fumble to put Trigg ahead 13-0 with 8:31 left in the first quarter.
Trigg went ahead 20-0 when Woodall hooked up with Smithers on pass plays of 20 and eight yards and then found Devin Tejada in the corner of the end zone from five yards out with 1:44 left in the quarter.
Webster, meanwhile, was finding the going tough on the ground.
Sophomore DeAdrian Rollins, who came into the game averaging 159 yards on the ground, was held to 81 yards on 16 carries. Seven of his 16 carries were for one yard or less.
“He (Rollins) broke a couple of counter plays for about 20 yards, but otherwise, we shut him down,” Higgins said, adding, “He’s a good sophomore running back. He was the focus of our defense, and we shut him down because they were so outmanned up front.”
Trigg County kept the foot to the pedal in the second quarter, scoring three more times to lead 41-0 at halftime.
The Wildcats drove to the Trojan 8-yard line with 7:29 left in the half. Woodall was hit on a carry at the goal line, and the football went into the end zone where Jamaal Boyd fell on it for Trigg’s second recovery for a touchdown on the night.
Smithers caught his second touchdown of the season on Trigg’s next drive, a 32-yard pass from Woodall with 4:39 left in the half.
Trigg added another touchdown right before halftime, driving 92 yards in just 1:23.
“We ran our two-minute drill at the end of the half,” Higgins said. “My intention was not to call a timeout, but we had to call one.”
Higgins said that Woodall called all seven plays on the drive – three running and four passing plays. Taylor McGee ended the drive and the half with a 6-yard run at the horn.
Trigg added two more scores in the second half.
The first was a 3-yard run by Scotty Mayes that began the 45-point running clock mercy rule that put the Wildcats up 48-0.
Trigg ended the scoring on a 5-yard run by Devin Wilson with 10:05 left.
While the Wildcats were getting the job done offensively, the defensive unit recorded their first shutout of the season and Trigg’s third in their last four games with Webster County.
The Wildcats have given up just 55 points in their five district games this year.
The Wildcats sacked Turner four times and forced the Trojan quarterback into a 2-for-10 passing night for just 10 yards.
Webster County fell to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in district play.
Trigg County enters the bye week with a 6-2 record and 4-1 district mark. They return to action Oct. 21 at home against Muhlenberg South. The contest will be the annual homecoming game and will see the new class of inductees into the TCHS Football Alumni Hall of Fame honored.