The Trigg County Wildcats visit Monroe County on Friday for the first round of the Class 3A football playoffs, bringing a 5-5 slate into the contest.
That record is not a typical slate for the Wildcats’ program and Monroe County coach John Petett said he would be foolish to think Trigg County is just a “5-5 team.” He said the Wildcats are bringing a very talented team to town looking for a win.
“This is a very good Trigg County team,” said Petett. “And I know they’ve lost some games, but they’ve been in most of the games they’ve lost. And they’ve lost to some very good teams.”
Trigg County can count victories this season over Marshall County, Hopkinsville, Hopkins County Central, Webster County and Calloway County.
The Wildcats have lost to powerhouses like Russellville, Caldwell County, Union County, Paducah Tilghman and Fort Campbell.
Trigg County’s offense is geared around running back Jayven Jones, who has rushed for 1,237 yards and 13 touchdowns this year. Quarterback Luke McKenzie poses a dual threat for the Wildcats, throwing for 1,290 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also has 291 yards and five scores on the ground.
“They have a heck of a runningback in Jones and Luke McKenzie is a very good quarterback,” said Petett.
“So, not only do we have to prepare for a good quarterback, but we have to also prepare for a good tailback, too. And, they also have guys on the perimeter that can take the ball the distance once they catch a screen or bubble pass. Jones can go the distance and bust the game wide open.”
Petett said his team has had a good week of practice and the Falcons seem to be ready to open the playoffs.
Monroe County brings a 7-3 slate into Friday’s contest with the Falcons’ losses coming at the hands of Wayne County, Glasgow and South Warren.
“I think in certain situations, Trigg will load the box on us,” Petett said.
“However, we’ve been pretty successful against teams loading the box on us this year. And (quarterback) Lincoln (Arnett) is playing very good, effective football.
“He’s not throwing interceptions and he’s making some very good decisions with the football. He’s doing a very good job of managing the game and taking what the defense gives us.”
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
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