PREP FOOTBALL: Strong second half leads E’town past Meade

JOSH CLAYWELL/Central Kentucky News-Journal Elizabethtown's TJ Allen (14) looks for running room during Friday's 34-13 victory over Meade County at the Elizabethtown Athletic Complex. Allen scored touchdowns on a 4-yard run and a 27-yard pass from Clay Games.

Elizabethtown took advantage of stout defense in the second half and brilliant field position to earn a 34-13 victory over Meade County Friday evening at the Elizabethtown Athletic Complex.

The Panthers’ second-half scoring drives were 30, 33 and 11 yards.

Meade County had five first-half possessions.

The first ended on a fumble that Elizabethtown’s Camran McNeil scooped-and-scored from 84 yards out at 8:13 of the first quarter.

The Panthers hit paydirt on their third offensive possession, this after a minus-1 yard punt, when TJ Allen scored from the 4 just 11 seconds into the second quarter for a 14-0 lead after Brandon Parsons’ second PAT.

Meade County’s fourth possession was a nine play, 47-yard drive that ended 7:19 before halftime when Mason Burnett scored from the 4.

The next time the Green Wave had the ball they went 61 yards on seven plays. Burnett found the end zone from the 8 at 2:02 after a 23-yard pass from Trent Mofield to Mitchell Dozier on second-and-6 from the 31.

Burnett carried the ball 11 times for 71 yards on those two drives.

He finished with 34 carries for 163 yards in his first game as the workhorse.

Meade County ran the ball 47 times for 181 yards as it lost its fifth game in a row after a 2-0 start.

The Panthers held the visitors to a three-and-out to begin the second half.

After a 5-yard punt by Meade County, Elizabethtown eventually faced a fourth-and-8 from Meade County’s 27.

Quarterback Clay Games found Allen on a post pattern for a touchdown at 7:26 of the third period.

The Panthers scored on their next possession, this after Joe Becherer recovered a fumble as the Green Wave had a first-and-10 at the Panthers’ 38.

McNeil scored from the 2 on the eighth play of the drive, which was aided by an 11-yard pass from Games to McNeil on third-and-nine at the 32, and a 13-yard pass to Camden Williams on fourth-and-four from the 15.

Parsons’ PAT at 1:14 of the third quarter gave the hosts a 27-13 lead.

Williams intercepted a third-down pass on Meade County’s next possession and Games connected with Love Grimes from 16-yards out 55 seconds into the fourth period for the final score.

Elizabethtown ran the ball 30 times for 65 yards. Games was 8-for-11 for 118 yards.

The Panthers (4-2) welcome district foes LaRue County and Bardstown the next two weeks.

Meade County returns to district action the next two weeks, hosting Central Hardin and Barren County.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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