BOWLING GREEN — Trigg County answered the bell in the second half.
The Wildcats entered the fourth quarter trailing Warren Central 24-21 and the Dragons were just 12 minutes away from their first win since Oct. 16, 2015. However, the WIldcats answered the challenge given to them by head coach Mark Peach and scored 21 unanswered in the final frame to walk out of Bowling Green with a 42-24 win over Warren Central.
“We’re a young football team,” Peach said. “I just challenged them at halftime because sometimes football is a matter of guts and heart. We showed that at times though a murderous schedule. … In football, if you don’t genuinely try to bring it, it’s going to be an uphill battle.”
While it was the ground game that really pushed Trigg County forward, the passing attack put things out of reach late, when sophomore gunslinger Jacob Wease connected on two touchdown passes in the fourth to put the game away.
Wease and the passing attack struggled in the first half but managed to put things together at the right time and push the Wildcats to their third win of the year.
“We had some opportunities in the first half but they did a good job,” he said. “Their team speed is tremendous. … We had some passes and we dropped them in the first half. In the second half, we were able to protect the passer and make better throws and made some big catches.”
However, it was the ground game that decided it. Junior Kenny Adams rushed for 219 yards and senior JaQuellus Martin added 111 in the win. Both players combined for four of Trigg County’s six touchdowns in the win.
Peach said he was proud of Adams and the line in the win.
“He’s having a really good year,” he said. “Just proud of our offensive line and how well they played in the second half too.”
The Wildcats now move toward the postseason after being just one of a handful of teams to play every scheduled game this season.
Trigg will face Paducah Tilghman in the first round of the playoffs and Peach said when the postseason rolls around, it’s anybody’s ballgame.
“We certainly have to look at the game the last time we played them,” Peach said. “They’ve had a lot of time off but it’s tournament time. … If we can come out and play our best next Friday night, we’ll have an opportunity.”
TRIGG COUNTY 42, WARREN CENTRAL 24
TC 14 7 0 21 — 42
WC 0 16 8 0 — 24
TC: Martin 4 rush (PAT good), 7-0, 8:06 1Q
TC: Martin 34 rush (PAT good), 14-0, 7:07 1Q
WC: Carver 10 pass to Day (2-pt good), 14-8, 11:54 2Q
WC: Day 13 rush (2-pt good), 16-14, 1:51 2Q
TC: Wease 48 pass to Lockard (PAT good), 21-16, 0:28 2Q
WC: Carver 1 rush (2-pt good), 24-21, 4:34 3Q
TC: Wease 16 pass to Martin (PAT good), 28-24, 9:09 4Q
TC: Wease 12 pass to Lockard (PAT good), 35-24, 6:51 4Q
TC: Adams 34 rush (PAT good), 42-24, 1:53 4Q
TC: Jacob Wease: 8-17-103-3
WC: Jace Carver: 9-43-81-1
TC: Kenny Adams: 28-219-1, JaQuellus Martin: 14-111-2
WC: Jace Carver: 15-125-1, TySeam Day: 14-74-1
TC: Dakota Lockard: 2-60-2, JaQuellus Martin: 2-18-1
WC: TySeam Day: 4-25-1