PREP FOOTBALL: After week off, Meade County looks to get back on track (09/20)

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By Ryan O'Gara

The Meade County Green Wave left their Week 3 loss to John Hardin with a bad taste in their mouths.

Even worse, the Green Wave didn’t play last week, so they have been stewing for two weeks about a performance they were very unsatisfied about.

“It’s been a long two weeks off, especially when you get your butt beat,” said Meade County coach Larry Mofield. “We had to do a lot of soul searching and figure out how we couldn’t get more done.”

Meade County (2-1) finally gets to take the field again tonight at 7:30 as it travels to face the Jeffersontown Chargers (0-4).

Mofield said the team treated the week off like training camp all over again. It got back to basics with drills such as the hitting sled in hopes of improving on a poor blocking effort.

“We went back to the drawing board a bit,” Mofield said. “We got away from doing things it takes to be successful offensively. We didn’t block well up front whatsoever (against John Hardin).”

The Green Wave managed just 37 rushing yards on 28 carries and 107 total yards against John Hardin, which is allows just 100 rushing yards per game.

But Meade County certainly has the personnel to help it get back on track with seven players averaging more than 5 yards per carry, led by junior John Wilson (11.8) and seniors Micah Kaiser (8.7) and Devonte Duncan (7.3). It’ll also need senior Jonah Shacklette, the team’s leading rusher with 114 yards on 20 carries, to make an impact against a defense Mofield said is a lot better than last week’s 47-0 loss to Louisville Male indicated. The Chargers were hurt by poor special teams play and turnovers on offense.

That will certainly be a point of emphasis if the Green Wave wants their Wing-T attack to be successful.

“If you can’t run the football, you don’t have a chance to win in high school football,” Mofield said. “We went back and focused on stuff, tweaked a few schemes to man block instead of gap. We’ll see if it pays dividends.”

The defense, on the other hand, has impressed all season long. The Green Wave have allowed just 17 points all season and are allowing just 137 yards per game. Defensive ends Travis Jenkins and Joby Embry had standout games against John Hardin and a solid linebacking crew featuring Shacklette and Kaiser have done an exceptional job stopping the run, allowing just 41.7 yards per game.

Safeties John Wilson and senior Nick O’Brien also must be on alert for the athletic Chargers, who have the ability to stretch the field with senior quarterback Kendrick Gardner.

“They’ll throw it and try to beat you deep,” Mofield said. “They have enough quickness where all it takes is a seam to bust it 60 or 70 yards.”

Meade County beat Jeffersontown, 32-13 last season as O’Brien ran for 96 yards and a score.

The Chargers have been outscored 167-47 this season, but the Green Wave doesn’t want to fall into any kinds of traps. They’ve had no problem dispatching lesser foes Breckinridge County and Louisville Western, and Mofield has his team on high alert.

“Their record isn’t indicative of the kind of football team they are,” Mofield said. “That’s something you have to guard against because kids look at records. They’re a much better team than their record.”

Ryan O’Gara can be reached at 270-505-1754 or rogara@thenewsenterprise.com.