A loss can change a lot of things in high school football.
For Meade County, the return to practice Monday afternoon started with a film session as a team instead of the Green Wave’s typical position film session breakdown.
Meade County’s 28-20 home loss to John Hardin last Friday night gave coach Larry Mofield plenty of cause for concern, not in merely losing, but in how his club lost.
“The entire team together needed to see what happened Friday night,’’ Mofield said. “...We didn’t represent the green and white of Meade County very well as a team.’’
The Green Wave were whistled for six personal foul penalties and 114 penalty yards in all.
“To get beat mentally was disappointing,’’ Mofield said. “Our kids are better than that, I believe.’’
He said “we were fundamentally very bad.’’
One bright spot, Mofield said, was the running of junior running back J.T. Godsey, who finished with 61 yards on five carries. He entered the game with 24 yards on four carries.
“He plowed over some people,’’ Mofield said. “He’s a strong runner and probably deserves to run the ball more.’’
The Green Wave (2-1) frequently went to a split backfield in the second half against the Bulldogs and that’s when Godsey provided a boost as John Hardin focused on leading rusher Austin Oppel, who was averaging better than 200 rushing yards a game during a 2-0 start.
The Green Wave face Owensboro Apollo (1-3) at 8 p.m. Friday. The Eagles have dropped three straight games since winning their opener in a shootout, 66-56 over winless Warren Central.
“They’ll bring all seven to the line and they’re probably licking their chops after seeing the John Hardin tape and how we didn’t handle what they did,’’ Mofield said. “They’re very athletic and a lot like John Hardin.’’
Junior running back Harold Hogg and junior quarterback Damian Lovinsky lead the Apollo ground game. Hogg has rushed for 441 yards on 68 carries and Lovinsky has gained 245 yards on 32 carries.
Lovinsky also has thrown for 544 yards with five touchdowns and seven interceptions. His favorite targets through four games have been senior receiver Brandon Husk and junior receiver Ashton Weaver. Husk has 11 catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns, while Weaver has hauled in nine passes for 165 yards and one touchdown.
Mofield said he’s eager for his team to play again to see how they bounce back from what he called a “disheartening’’ performance.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond,’’ he said. “That wasn’t what Meade County football is all about. Your last game is what people remember. That’s not who we are; we’re better than what we showed last week.’’