The Purple Flash need a win over Trigg County to assure themselves of making the playoffs.
That’s what’s on the line Friday when the two teams square off at Perdue Field. The game will mark the final regular season game for 15 Wildcat seniors.
Lone Oak has won three straight games to stand at 5-4 overall and 4-2 in district play.
If both Caldwell County and Heath win and the Wildcats beat Lone Oak, all three would have identical 4-3 district marks but the Purple Flash would likely lose the tie-breaker.
Trigg County, meanwhile, has already sewn up the second seed in the district with a 5-1 record and a first round home game.
Knowing that Lone Oak needs the game worries Wildcat head coach Curtis Higgins.
“They’re not a bad football team, and they come in here knowing they need to win to make the playoffs,” Higgins said. “They brought a freshman group over here last year and smacked us around pretty good.”
Lone Oak is coming off a 35-12 win over Reidland that saw running back Matt Hopper rush for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries.
Sophomore quarterback Corey Robinson threw for 83 yards and two scores.
“I like their quarterback, and several kids on their team,” Higgins said. “They have a lot of good kids, but they are young. They may be a year away.”
The Flash had over 300 yards of offense in building a 21-6 halftime lead last week. Robinson also threw scoring passes to Brandon Phillips and Corey Hobbs.
“They have a pro look and still run an offset-I formation,” Higgins said. “They appear to be running more this year but will spread it out and throw.”
Defensively, the Flash give up over 23 points a game which is good news to a Wildcat team that rolled up season highs in points (69) and yards (514) in last week’s 69-12 win over Muhlenberg South.
For the season, the Wildcats are averaging 41.2 points and 367 yards of offense behind a steadily improving offensive line that has allowed just three sacks in their past seven games.
While the Wildcats are assured of the two seed in the district behind Fort Campbell, their first round opponent will be decided this week when Monroe County (6-3, 4-1) hosts Glasgow (7-2, 4-1), with the loser coming to Cadiz next week.
The Wildcats will be looking to pay back whoever comes to Cadiz, losing to Glasgow in 2001 and Monroe County in 2002.
TWO-MINUTE DRILL – Trigg County leads the series with Lone Oak 15-2, including an 8-1 record at Perdue Field. Lone Oak’s last win over the Wildcats came in 1992…Jamaal Boyd’s 17 career touchdowns rank him second on the all-time TCHS list for receivers. His 1,198 yards is just seven behind Greg Oliver for fourth place…Quarterback Tommy Woodall moved past Bruce Higbee into fourth place on the all-time passing yardage list with 2,772. He is 570 behind Marty Jaggers. Woodall’s 33 career touchdowns rank third behind only Dan Moser (56) and Ian Stites (44).