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Forget the Line of Demarcation. The Meade County Green Wave have a line of domination.
Running behind the blocking of junior left tackle Tyler Compton, senior left guard Travis Jenkins, senior center Matt Millay, junior right guard Michael Robey and sophomore right tackle Aaron Whelan, Meade County scored all of its touchdowns on the ground and ran for a season-high 453 yards on just 33 carries as the Green Wave rolled to a 52-8 win Friday night against the North Bullitt Eagles.
Five Meade County players ran for touchdowns and four Green Wave backs had at least 49 yards as the Green Wave capped off their best regular season in more than a decade with a 52-8 win.
The win allowed the Green Wave to finish the regular season 8-2 for their best regular-season mark since the 2001 team went 9-1 and lost to Louisville Male in the Class 4-A quarterfinals.
Just four games ago, Meade County was 4-2. Since then, the Green Wave have scored at least 34 points in every contest and not allowed their foes to score more than one touchdown.
Part of the turnaround has to do with the line clicking.
The holes were plentiful as the Green Wave rarely had to put together long chain-moving drives. Only one of Meade County’s seven touchdowns – all rushing – came inside the red zone. Meade County feasted on big plays all night, scoring from 33, 38, 24, 41, 93 and 55 yards out in addition to a 16-yarder.
Of Meade County’s 38 plays, just seven came inside the red zone.
Junior Micah Kaiser was one Meade County player to take advantage of those blocks. He scored both times he carried the ball, going in from 33 yards out in the first 5 minutes and adding a 41-yard jaunt in the second quarter.
Meade County senior Nick O’Brien finished with 141 yards on three carries – two of which went for touchdowns. His 38-yard run with 4:18 left in the first quarter gave the Green Wave the lead for good and senior Devonte Duncan’s conversion run put Meade County up 14-8. O’Brien added a 93-yard touchdown run with 8:08 left in the first half three plays after a long North Bullitt punt – and a Meade County special teams miscue – had pinned the Green Wave back to their own 5.
Meade County junior quarterback John Wilson struggled through the air (0-for-4), but he made a difference on the ground. He scored on a 24-yard run in the first quarter and on a 16-yarder in the second before giving way to sophomore backup John Michael Millay, who led the reserves to a pair of scores as sophomore Michael Mattingly scored on a 55-yard run in the third quarter and senior Joe Psyck drilled a 34-yard field goal in the fourth.
In the first quarter alone, Meade County had six players combine for 10 carries, all of which went for at least 5 yards.
Had Meade County’s reserves tried to run the ball on the Green Wave’s final possession of the second quarter – Meade County had all three timeouts at its disposal, but was content to go into the break up 42-8 – the Green Wave could have eclipsed 400 rushing yards in the first half.
Nathaniel Bryancan be reached at 270-505-1758 or email@example.com.