For the first time in school history, Trigg County makes the jump to Class 3A where they will be in District One with Fort Campbell, Webster County, Heath, and Paducah Tilghman.
Trigg County will open the season Friday, August 19 at Perdue Field against Russellville. The Panthers move back to Class 1A after four years in Class 3A. Trigg County and Russellville met every year from 1953-2002 but haven't played since. Russellville leads the all-time series 36-19-1.
The Wildcats will play at Todd County Central in Elkton August 26. The Wildcats and Rebels played every year from 1970 to 2002 with the exception of a three-year stretch from 1984-86. Trigg beat Todd 45-14 in the 2008 playoffs but haven't played them in the regular season since 2002. Trigg leads the all-time series 17-14.
The third week of the season brings the Wildcat Chevrolet Bowl and a new opponent. Trigg County will play Crittenden County in the second game. The Rockets move up to Class 2A this year after a successful run in Class 1A. Trigg and Crittenden were annual opponents from 1957 to 1982, with the series ending at the dawn of the Al Baker era at TCHS. The series resumed in 1991 and continued until 2000 when Trigg County again showed they were ready to move to the next level. The last game between the schools was a 63-21 Trigg win in 2000. Trigg leads the all-time series 26-9-1.
Despite moving out of Class 2A, Trigg County was able to keep long-time border rival Caldwell County on the schedule. The schools will meet Sept. 9 at Perdue Field. Trigg and Caldwell have met every year since 1954, making it one of western Kentucky's longest continuous series. Caldwell leads the series 37-20-1.
Trigg County will be off September 16 in advance of their district schedule. A game here with Reidland fell through after the McCracken County teams restructured their schedules to play each other.
Trigg County's first district game will be September 23 at Fort Campbell, which is where their 2010 season ended in the first round of the playoffs. Fort Campbell leads the series with Trigg 24-12.
On September 30, Trigg County will host Webster County in their second district game. Webster and Trigg were district mates in the past decade, with Trigg leading the all-time series 15-4. They last played in 2006.
The Wildcats play their third district game October 7 at Paducah Tilghman, the 2009 Class 3A state champion. The only time these teams have played was a 31-9 Tilghman win in the 1985 season opener.
Ham Festival weekend, Trigg County will wrap up their district schedule by hosting Heath at Perdue Field. Like Trigg and Fort Campbell, Heath makes the jump to Class 3A. However, once they consolidate with Reidland and Lone Oak to form the new McCracken County High School, the Pirates will drop from the schedule and make it a four team district. Trigg has won 13 straight games against Heath and lead the all-time series 17-9.
The newcomer to the Wildcat schedule is North Bullitt on Saturday, October 22. Trigg will host the Class 4A Eagles in 2011 and make the return trip to Shepherdsville on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012. North Bullitt was 8-4 last year after a 2-9 campaign in 2009. In 2007, North Bullitt lost in the region finals to Lone Oak.
Trigg County will close out their regular season October 28 at another Class 4A school, Calloway County. It will mark Trigg's first game at Jack Rose Stadium since 1995. The Lakers have been a regular participant in Trigg County's bowl game in recent years with the last game against Trigg in 2008. In the all-time series, Trigg holds a slim 6-5 advantage against the Lakers.
2011 TRIGG COUNTY WILDCAT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Aug. 19 vs. RUSSELLVILLE
Aug. 26 at Todd County Central
Sept. 2 vs. CRITTENDEN COUNTY
Sept. 9 vs. CALDWELL COUNTY
Sept. 16 - OPEN
Sept. 23 at Fort Campbell (District)
Sept. 30 vs. WEBSTER COUNTY (District)
Oct. 7 at Paducah Tilghman (District)
Oct. 14 vs. HEATH (District)
Oct. 22 vs. NORTH BULLITT
Oct. 28 at Calloway County