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Another strong defensive showing has the Meade County Green Wave in prime position to win their first region title in six years.
Homestanding Meade County stopped Henderson County on five fourth-down plays and held the Colonels to 156 total yards as it rolled to a 28-0 win in the second round of the Class 6-A playoffs Friday at Hamilton Field.
A crucial fourth-down stop came in the red zone in the fourth quarter, when senior lineman Devonte Duncan stopped Henderson County junior running back Russell Fuchs for no gain after he caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage.
The Green Wave used the momentum to drive 95 yards for the game-clinching touchdown as Duncan scored on a 10-yard run with 5:21 left to play.
Meade County sealed its sixth shutout of the season when junior safety John Wilson picked off a pass on fourth-and-9. It’s the Green Wave’s most shutouts since the 2001 team had seven.
This one was a bit surprising, especially considering Henderson County entered Friday averaging 30.7 points and 320.5 yards per game.
It’s a good thing Meade County’s defense played superbly, because its offense had an off-night.
The Green Wave dropped two passes on fourth down that would have kept drives alive. They led just 8-0 at the half as senior running back Nick O’Brien scored on a 6-yard run at the end of the first quarter.
But Meade County kicked things into gear after halftime.
Senior running back Jonah Shacklett, who rushed for a game-best 188 yards on 17 carries, scored on a 51-yard run in the third quarter and Duncan ran in the conversion for a 16-0 lead.
The Green Wave's lead grew to 22-0 on a trick play when sophomore John Michael Millay took a pitch on a reverse and threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Zeb Wilson with 2:59 left in the third.
Josh Claywell can be reached at 270-505-1752 or email@example.com.