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Like a kid carving a pumpkin for Halloween, John Wilson carved up the North Hardin defense Friday night.
The Meade County junior quarterback had plenty of tricks and treats, too.
Wilson rushed for a game-high 109 yards and three touchdowns on seven carries and also threw a touchdown pass as the Green Wave rolled to a 48-0 win over rival North Hardin at Hamilton Field.
Wilson scored on runs of 44, 42 and 5 yards, and threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to senior Zeb Wilson.
Against a defense allowing an area-worst 242.2 rushing yards entering this week, the Green Wave (7-2) gashed the Trojans for 296 yards on 45 carries.
Wilson was the catalyst. By halftime, he had more rushing yards (71) than North Hardin had total (58).
On his 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter, Wilson rolled to his right and ran up the near sideline for a few yards before cutting to the left and bouncing it to the outside.
Junior running back Micah Kaiser, who had been blocking down field but peeled back, had a big block to spring Wilson to the end zone.
While Wilson and Meade County’s offense get a lot of credit for the win, the Green Wave defense was just as superb.
They held North Hardin to a season-low 92 yards of offense, including just 34 in the second half. Meade County notched its fifth shutout of the season.
Senior lineman Travis Jenkins got things rolling when he intercepted North Hardin junior quarterback Detlef Turner on a screen pass and returned it 20 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead with 10:48 left in the first quarter.
After a three-and-out, Wilson scored his first touchdown with 7:10 to go in the first and senior running back Jonah Shacklett ran in the conversion for a 14-0 lead.
One possession later, the lead swelled to 21-0 as Wilson connected with senior wideout Zeb Wilson – who had slipped behind the North Hardin defense – for a 41-yard scoring strike with 3:06 remaining.
Senior Luke Wilson scored on a 1-yard run, Zeb Wilson had a 9-yard touchdown run and John Wilson’s 42-yard run gave Meade County a 41-0 lead with 3:08 left in the first half.
North Hardin did get a bit of good news after the game. Thanks to Jeffersontown’s 21-7 win over Louisville Iroquois, the Trojans qualified for the Class 5-A playoffs. They’ll play at Bullitt East in the first round.
UP NEXT: Meade County hosts North Bullitt at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Josh Claywell can be reached at 270-505-1752 or email@example.com.