The Wildcats (0-1) managed only 63 yards of offense in the first half – all on the ground – and allowed 280 from the Panthers (1-0, ranked third in Class A), who led 22-0 at halftime.
Trigg’s offensive line struggled to protect first-time starting quarterback Tyreke Wilson, who failed to complete a pass in the first half. Wilson was flagged for intentional grounding three times in the game.
“You can tell him, but he’s a sophomore and they’re bringing a whole lot of heat at him,” head coach Coby Lewis said. “It’s a learning experience for him. He faced a really good defense on week one.”
The ‘Cats also were bit by the injury bug. Entering the game without starters on the offensive line (Tyler Spano) and in the defensive secondary (Hunter Heady), Trigg lost starting wide receiver Reggie Radford to a knee injury in the first quarter.
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