The Wildcats play Owensboro Catholic at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Perdue Field in the first round of the 2A Playoffs, and they need and deserve your support.
This team, without a doubt, got off to a bad start.It was the kind of start that might have destroyed a lesser team.
But rather than hang their heads and go through the motions each week, these Wildcats worked harder, and they kept working harder until they made themselves one of the most memorable Trigg football teams in recent years.
And a lot of you have missed it.
On Sept. 11, many of you didn’t show up to watch Trigg win its first game of the year, a 6-0 defensive struggle against Hopkins County Central.
On Sept. 25, many of you missed the chance to watch the Wildcat defense put a stranglehold on a Murray team that has scored the third-most points in Class 2A this year.
On Oct. 2 in Princeton, a lot of ‘Cat fans left early and missed an exciting, come-from-behind 30-29 Trigg win at Caldwell County.
On Oct. 16, a fairly small Trigg crowd watch the Wildcats take another step toward hosting this Friday’s game with a big win over district foe Heath.
On Oct. 23, on Senior Night, many seats were available as the Wildcats demolished Ballard Memorial 53-6.
On Nov. 6, if you’re in Cadiz, you better be at the game.
Head coach Shannon Burcham and his staff are calling this one of the best groups of kids they’ve seen at Trigg. They say they can count on one hand the number of bad practices this team has had since August.
This is a group of kids that listens to their coaches, believes in what they’re being taught and gives everything they have to make the game plan work.
Win or lose, that’s a team this community should be proud of.
The Wildcats are playing a team that has ended their season five times in this decade, and they are chomping at the bit to turn the tables.
For at least one week, I’d love nothing more than to see that stadium filled up the way it is in my memories of Fridays gone by. Picture Owensboro Catholic having to stare across the field at a sea of black, the largest, loudest void of color they’ve ever seen.
Don’t underestimate the impact a great home crowd can make in a game like this. Fill the stands. Be Trigg’s 12th Man.
Unless Trigg makes it to the state semifinals (and don’t think I’m not pulling for them to do just that), this Friday will be your last chance to watch them here in Cadiz.
Tickets are $5 for everyone at the gate. If you’ve got $5, or if you don’t have $5 but know someone who has it to spare, come support these kids. Their hard work this season is a positive reflection on their home. The least we can do is cheer them on.
Burcham said he hopes to see another “Blackout” at Friday’s game.
The last time one of these was scheduled, it seems a fair number of fans either forgot or didn’t know what they were supposed to do.
Folks, it’s simple. If you’re coming to the game, wear black.
(Justin McGill is executive editor of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)