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The Meade County Green Wave always seem to make these late-season runs and this is proof of that. After starting the season 2-4, the Green Wave have reeled off three consecutive victories in impressive fashion. They’ve done it with a power ground game and a stingy defense. They’ve rushed for nearly 1,000 yards – 984 to be exact – and given up just five touchdowns in those three wins.
Central Hardin and LaRue County both suffered gut-wrenching losses, but something can be gained from those games. But two other teams had bad losses. Elizabethtown lost a district game and now faces the prospect of going to Bell County in the playoffs for the second straight year. And North Hardin’s season is starting to unravel with a second straight loss.
Meade County senior quarterback Jake Wilson completed 7-of-13 passes for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson has been spectacular during the Green Wave’s three-game win streak.
* John Hardin junior linebacker Chris Smith was in on 13 tackles against Grayson County. If Smith continues to play like this, running the ball against John Hardin will be difficult.
* Meade County junior Jonah Shacklette rushed for 175 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries in a win over North Hardin.
* LaRue County senior Matthew Hornback carried the ball 21 times for 119 yards in a loss at Louisville Central.
* Central Hardin sophomore Alex Hawkins recorded three sacks in a loss at Nelson County.
TRENDS & NUMBERS
* John Hardin has won 20 consecutive games against district teams since a loss to Louisville Doss in October 2008.
* Meade County has rushed for more yards in its last three games (984) than it did in its first six games (861).
* John Hardin junior quarterback Patrick Anderson didn’t throw a touchdown pass for the first time this season. The Bulldogs, though, are the only team to have thrown for a touchdown in every game with senior Wade Holtsclaw doing so Friday.
* Proving once again the game has become more about passing, three area quarterbacks – North Hardin junior Andrew Rugerio, Central Hardin sophomore Koree Krupinski and Anderson – have thrown for more than 1,000 yards. No area running back has topped the 1,000-yard plateau yet.
SUPER 7 RANKINGS
1. John Hardin (9-0). The Bulldogs won a fourth consecutive district title to stay undefeated.
2. Meade County (5-4). The Green Wave rolled to third consecutive victory to get above .500.
3. Central Hardin (4-5). The Bruins lost a heartbreaker for their second straight loss.
4. LaRue County (4-5). The Hawks gave the Yellowjackets a tough game before coming up short.
5. North Hardin (3-6). The Trojans are reeling, losing five of their last six.
6. Elizabethtown (1-8). The Panthers dropped their eighth straight game.
7. Fort Knox (1-8). The Eagles lost their seventh straight game.
THEY SAID IT
“We’re satisfied after a good win. We play a good game and then we get satisfied. That’s unacceptable. We have to keep improving every week. You think Bowling Green and Warren Central aren’t getting better. We’re not going to win a state championship playing this way,” – John Hardin senior Garrett Ray said after the Bulldogs beat Grayson County, 36-8.
Chuck Jones is The News-Enterprise sports editor. He can be reached at (270) 505-1759 or firstname.lastname@example.org