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PREP FOOTBALL: Fern Creek rolls past Meade County, 34-6 (08/31)

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By Nathaniel Bryan

 

By NATHANIEL BRYAN nbryan@thenewsenterprise.com LOUISVILLEFern Creek ran onto the field Friday night with Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” blaring from the Veterans Stadium loudspeakers. Not soon after, Bryan Hynes and the rest of the Tigers delivered the visiting Meade County Green Wave anything but a dream. A junior quarterback, Hynes threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as the host Tigers cruised by the Green Wave, 34-6 in both teams’ season openers Friday night. Hynes, who threw for more than 1,800 yards last season, completed 11-of-21 passes to six receivers for 213 yards without being intercepted. He threw a 21-yard scoring strike to Jimmie Welch – who sat out both of the Tigers’ scrimmage games – in the first quarter and an 89-yard touchdown pass to Victor Terry in the second quarter. “Bryan was pretty good tonight,” said Fern Creek coach Curtis Higgins, whose team beat Meade County for the fourth consecutive season. “He missed a couple (of passes), but I’ll give credit to Meade County’s defense. They played hard as always.” Meade County’s defense looked good in the second half, but it struggled mightily early. Entering the second quarter, the Tigers had 226 yards of offense compared to just 3 feet for the Green Wave. Meade County opened the game by recovering its onside kick but fumbled the ball away just two plays later. The Tigers capitalized with a six-play, 72-yard drive which culminated in Hynes’ 4-yard quarterback keeper. After a three-and-out by the Green Wave, Fern Creek put together a five-play, 60-yard scoring drive in less than 2 minutes. Welch capped off the drive with a 56-yard run in which he broke seven tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage. Welch’s 21-yard touchdown pass from Hynes with less than a minute remaining made the Tigers 3-for-3 in possessions with a score and put Fern Creek up 20-0 heading into the second quarter. Skylar Duckworth’s 46-yard interception return and Eddie Nieto’s extra point gave Fern Creek a 27-0 lead with 9:16 remaining in the first half, while Terry’s reception, which was the longest play from scrimmage for either team, and Nieto’s kick with 2:40 to play before halftime accounted for Fern Creek’s final points. “We had a good first half,” Higgins said. “We did some things which allowed us to take advantage of our speed.” Meade County avoided what would have been its first offensive shutout in its last 15 games when junior Tyler Mattingly found senior wide receiver Michael Addesa in the back left corner of the end zone with 5:08 remaining in the game. “I didn’t want us to go home knowing that we got shut out,” said Addesa, who caught three passes from Mattingly for 59 yards. Mattingly was 4-of-12 passing for 81 yards and one interception in his starting debut. Freshman Thomas Wilson had one reception for 22 yards to account for Mattingly’s other completion. “Tyler knows what he has to do to get better and he’ll do it,” Addesa said. “He’ll bounce back.” In his first start, junior Ricky Funk led Meade County’s ground game with 68 yards on 14 carries. “I think Ricky’s been getting better and better every game,” said Meade County coach Larry Mofield. “He runs as hard as he can every play.” Senior Alex Furnival had 26 yards on four carries for Meade County, while junior Kevin Graham had 19 yards on six rushes. Although his team romped to the win, Higgins said teams shouldn’t sleep on Meade County. He pointed to last year for proof, when Fern Creek opened the season by beating the Green Wave at Hamilton Field. Fern Creek ended up losing in the sweet 16 of the Class 6-A playoffs, while Meade County advanced to the final four for the first time in over a decade. “Coach Mofield is a good coach with a good staff. They’ll cure their problems. They’ll right the ship and have a good season,” Higgins said. “When you lose that many seniors from a final four team, it will take you a little while to get going.” UP NEXT: Meade County hosts former district rival John Hardin (1-0), which opened its season Friday night with a 42-14 win over visiting Woodford County, at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Nathaniel Bryan can be reached at 505-1758 LOUISVILLE FERN CREEK 34 MEADE COUNTY 6 Meade County           0    0    0    6— 6 Lou. Fern Creek       20   14    0    0—34 Scoring Summary First Quarter FC: Bryan Hynes 4-yard run (Eddie Niteo kick), 8:42 FC: Jimmie Welch 56-yard run (kick failed), 5:14 FC: Welch 21-yard pass from Bryan Hynes (Nieto kick), 0:43 Second Quarter FC: Skylar Duckworth 46-yard interception return (Nieto kick), 9:16 FC: Victor Terry 89-yard pass from Hynes (Nieto kick), 2:40 Fourth Quarter MC: Michael Addesa 20-yard pass from Tyler Mattingly (kick failed), 5:08 Team Statistics                                    MC            FC Yards Rush                     93           166 Yards Pass                     81           213 Total Yards                    174           379 Passing                     12-4-1      11-21-0 Fumbles/Lost                4/2           0/0 Penalties/Yds              6/74        10/86 Individual Statistics Rushing: MEADE COUNTY — Ricky Funk 14-68, Alex Furnival 4-26, Kevin Graham 6-19, Josh Drew 6-17, Max Cundiff 1-4, Tyler Mattingly 7-(-41). FERN CREEK — Jimmie Welch 12-142, Taj Jarrett 2-10, Andre Brown 4-9, Bryan Hynes 2-5. Passing: MEADE COUNTY — Tyler Mattingly 4-12-1, 81 yards. FERN CREEK — Bryan Hynes 11-21-0, 213 yards. Receiving: MEADE COUNTY — Michael Addesa 3-59, Thomas Wilson 1-22. FERN CREEK — Victor Terry 3-139, Carlos Smith 2-22, Jalen Harrington 2-13, Andre Brown 2-12, Jimmie Welch 1-21, Chris Davis 1-6.