CORRECTION: Trigg County assistant coach Jeremy Stamp was misidentified as head coach Josh Nichols. The Kentucky New Era regrets the error and it has been corrected in the story.
Junior Will Jolly made sure the Trigg County Wildcats got their season started on the right foot.
Jolly, who scored 17 goals in 2018, recorded his first hat trick of the season on Monday night in Fort Campbell as Trigg County defeated Fort Campbell High School, 4-0, to open the year.
Wildcats' assistant coach Jeremy Stamp said getting the year off to a good start was imperative given how his team played in the preseason scrimmages.
"Our guys really improved from our scrimmages," Stamp said. "We touched on a few things and showed they know how to play as a team. Will (Jolly) getting the hat trick is really going to boost his confidence and we've got to have that going forward."
Just eight minutes into the game, Jolly put his first in as a low free-kick snuck into the right side of the goal.
"(I) saw that he's a tall keeper and that he could move pretty well," Jolly said. "So I wanted to put it low. I was really looking for the
pass-through, but as I was running up I saw it wasn't going to happen so I decided to go low right."
Just four minutes later, the junior found a loose ball in the Falcons' box and skipped it home to make it 2-0.
The Wildcats took the two-goal advantage into the break. All they had to do was keep Fort Campbell at bay, but Jolly had some more business to take care of.
In the 68th minute, Jolly weaved his way through a number of blue kits to seal the hat trick.
Stamp said he told his players not to get complacent and clean some things up as they headed into the second half.
"I really wanted to stress on cleaning up the bad passes and moving the ball out to the wings," he said. "(I wanted them to) just take their opportunities when they came. Other than that, I was really pleased with how we played. Main thing is we need to clean up the passing."
To put the final touches on a dominant season-opening victory, senior Clayton Setliff notched his first goal of his 2019 campaign in the 75th minute of play.
Senior keeper Matthew Smith recorded his first clean sheet of the year in the victory.
"That's huge for our keeper," Stamp said. "Our defense, in particular, played a great game and I think they're just going to keep building off this game."
With the first game under their belt, the senior led Wildcats begin the 2019 season on a good note, reassuring Stamp's high expectations heading into the year.
"We've talked and a district championship and getting to the region championship is very important to these guys," he said. "They're going to bust their butts all season long to try and get there."
Trigg County will be back in action at 7 p.m. tonight against Muhlenberg County on the road.
Trigg Co. 4, Fort Campbell 0
TCHS (1-0) 2 2 -- 4
FCHS (0-1) 0 0 -- 0
TCHS: Jolly (3 goals), Setliff (goal)