‘Cats lacking mental toughness
by Monty Stagner
Sep 03, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Okay, let’s go ahead and talk about the elephant in the room, kind and forgiving reader. Your loyal but lowly photog/wordsmith was wrong. In fact, I have been on something of an error binge. On these very pages I firmly (okay, loudly) predicted Mit Romney as the GOP nomination for vice president, then turned around and directed you, my most valued and appreciated reader, to attend the game with Hoptown on the wrong day. There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth this past week but the past is the past and we all must move on. But before we look ahead to the future we must understand where we have been.

Last Saturday found your local “lens hound” patrolling the sidelines of the Stadium of Champions as the Trigg County Wildcats met up with the Hopkinsville Tigers. History did not repeat itself this day. The Tigers were ready and able to serve up some revenge for last year’s upset and did so with relish. Trigg lost due to a few turnovers that the Tigers capitalized on along with Hoptown’s persistent passing game and Trigg’s lack of mental toughness.

As most of my readers know well, I am not a conveyer of negative waves. No, I will look at a glass from several angles to find a reason that it is half full instead of half empty. I’m not a negative human, nor do I provide negative people much of my time, but please allow me this one brief moment straying from the “sunny side of the street.” I see two main obstacles in the path to success for the Wildcats, the will to win and mental toughness. I guess that’s only one thing as they are one in the same.

I know the early schedule is completely whacked playing 6A, 5A and 4A teams before we get to compete on a level playing field with schools our own size, but Trigg has some of the fastest players in the game along with some of the strongest players in the state.

What happened? A 49-21 loss.

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