FOOTBALL FRIDAY UPDATE: Meade County 45, North Hardin 14 (10/20)

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By John Groth

Jonah Shacklette rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns and the Meade County Green Wave amassed 278 yards on the ground in a 45-14 win over long-time rival North Hardin on Friday night.

Shacklette scored on runs of 3 and 53 yards as the host Green Wave (5-4) rolled to their third straight win – and got over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

And for the third straight week, Meade County shut down a spread offense.

The Green Wave held one of the state’s most prolific quarterbacks – Nelson County’s Dylan Beasley – without a touchdown two weeks ago in a 43-7 win, and limited Central Hardin’s Koree Krupinski to 263 yards last week.

Meade County was even better against North Hardin (3-6) and junior quarterback Andrew Rugerio, who entered Friday as the area’s leading passer.

Rugerio still owns that distinction, but Meade County didn’t make things easy for him. Rugerio finished 24-of-38 for 151 yards – his lowest output this season – with a touchdown and an interception.

The game got off to a pretty bad start for the Trojans, who fumbled away the opening kickoff – and the Green Wave took advantage.

Senior running back John Clark capped a six-play, 62-yard drive when he caught a 16-yard pass from senior quarterback Jake Wilson. Senior kicker Zach Bogard’s point-after try made it 7-0 with 9:02 left in the first quarter.

Shacklette scored from 3 yards out and ran in the conversion for a 15-0 lead. After North Hardin senior Trevon Johnson scored on a 13-yard run later in the period to trim the deficit to 15-6, Meade County tacked on a safety with 9:01 remaining in the second when Johnson was tackled in the end zone following a bad snap.

The Green Wave stretched the lead to 31-6 at halftime as Shacklette scored his second touchdown and junior Zeb Wilson caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Jake Wilson.

The bruising play continued after halftime.

Clark scored his second touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run with 5:23 left in the third, and Jake Wilson connected with Zeb Wilson – who was wide open on the end zone – on a 25-yard scoring strike with 57.3 seconds left in the period.

UP NEXT: Meade County plays at Louisville Butler at 7:30 p.m. Friday. North Hardin plays at Owensboro Catholic at 8 p.m. Friday.

Josh Claywell can be reached at (270) 505-1752 or jclaywell@thenewsenterprise.com.