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By GREG CREWS
BRANDENBURG — Meade County has proven to be a pretty tough team to beat this season — when the Green Wave hold onto the ball.
In their four victories this season, the Green Wave (4-5) have made a total of three turnovers. In their five losses, they have averaged more than four turnovers per game.
“And about five or six of them have been for touchdowns,” Meade County coach Larry Mofield said of the turnovers in the losses. “We have to eliminate those big turnovers. We have to protect the football and have a sense of urgency about protecting it Friday.”
Indeed, Meade County will likely have little room for error tonight as it hosts the Woodford County Yellowjackets (5-4) at 7:30 in both teams’ regular season finale.
“The most important thing for us is seeing which (Meade County) team shows up,” Mofield said. “Is it going to be the team that played their guts out in those four wins, or is it going to be the team that has imploded in the last two losses?”
The Green Wave are coming off a 49-13 loss to Hebron Conner last Friday. In the game prior to that, Meade County came back to beat North Hardin, 10-7 a week after being handed a 49-0 loss by Owensboro.
Likewise, Woodford enters the game trying to shake off an embarrassing loss, falling 47-0 at home against Whitley County.
Now, both teams are looking to pick up a little momentum before entering the Class 6-A playoffs next week.
“This is a huge game for us. It’s the difference between finishing the (regular) season 4-6 or 5-5. One’s a losing record, and while the other one is still just .500, I would much rather be .500,” Mofield said. “Along with that, you want to get some momentum. I imagine it would be pretty tough losing the last two games of the season, going into the playoffs.
“But Woodford County is going to be looking for the same thing. I’m sure they would rather finish 6-4 than 5-5, and I’m sure they want to get some momentum going into the playoffs.”
The key for Meade County, Mofield said, will be getting its running game to come out of hibernation after struggling for three straight weeks.
“If the run game shuts down again, then it’s just like what we try to do to other teams, we become one-dimensional,” he said. “We’re not a team that can sit and throw the ball 30 or 40 times.”
Woodford County, however, might be able to.
Five receivers average over three receptions per game, while senior quarterback Steven Duckworth is completing 70 percent of his passes and recording 238.1 yards and three touchdowns through the air per game. He is also running for 30 yards and one touchdown per game.
“They remind me a lot of Central Hardin and North Hardin. They run that same Tony Franklin spread offense,” Mofield said. “But if it rains like it’s looking like it might — even if it’s just wet and not actually raining during the game — I think they may use more of a rushing type attack. They might try to do what (Bowling Green) Greenwood does: Get you in four or five wide and have the quarterback run the ball.”
Greg Crews can be reached