Jolly's hat trick leads Trigg over Graves

TYLER DIXON | Kentucky New Era

Trigg County's Ben Futrell (19, left) and Graves County's Carlos Flores (19, right) go for the ball in the Wildcats' 4-1 win over the Eagles on Saturday.

CADIZ -- Less than 24 hours after area football teams had their first game on the gridiron, the other futbol continued its season on the pitch as Graves County traveled to Trigg County for a boys match but the win and the momentum went to the home team as the Wildcats took down the Eagles 4-1.

With about 10 minutes left in the first half, Trigg's Keller Nichols stepped up to the penalty line and not only gave the Wildcats their first goal of the day, but it gave him his first goal of his high school career.

Just a few minutes later, Will Jolly continued to add to his team lead in goals and gave the Wildcats a 2-0 lead going into halftime.

It looked as if Nichols had scored yet again in the second half, but it was Jolly that found the back of the net after a rebound. Jolly would go on to add his third goal for a hat trick and a 4-0 lead in favor of the Wildcats.

Graves County senior captain Alex Murillo scored the lone Eagles goal late in the second half, but it wouldn't change the outcome.

Trigg County now sits at 5-0, its best start since 2014 when the Wildcats didn't lose a game until the 2nd Region championship. The Wildcats finished 15-1-4 that season.

Wildcats coach Josh Nichols said he's not sure he expected this start to the season after Elijah Gaines went down with a knee injury in the first game of the season.

"Didn't know where we would go once he went down," he said. "Anthony (Ethridge) stepped in and filled in adequately but it's had to be more about the committee."

Last season, Daniel Martin was a pillar on the Wildcats' backline and as the lone starter to graduate a year ago, there were big shoes to fill. Insert Colin Stevens.

Stevens, a state placer in wrestling, has taken control of the backline and helped the Wildcats in a big way.

"I never dreamed Colin would be the player he is this season," Nichols said. "We knew he was good. He's always had the physical tools, (a) great attitude and a hard worker, but his ability to do the things Daniel did. Run balls down, turn them wide, get them up the line and just lock people down has been phenomenal."

Trigg County plays Monday at home against Lyon County, and Graves County plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Calloway County.

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