Last Friday night, the Meade County Greenwaves kicked off their 2021 season at home against the Daviess County Panthers. Though the newly renovated Hamilton Field opened last season, the general public was not able to enjoy the beautiful new football field due to COVID restrictions. That was not the case this season. The energy was high as fans filed into the bleachers and music blared from the upgraded sound system. The team marched down to ‘Thunderstruck’ playing and stormed onto the field with an American flag and a Meade County flag in hand. Then, Coach Larry Moefield was honored for his 100th win last season with a plaque presented by Athletic Director Todd Clanton and MCHS Principal Janette Schmidt and a “100 wins” football from Senior quarterback Kyle Parker.
Once the game started, however, Daviess County took command and never looked back. The Panthers took the opening possession and drove the ball down the field with a series of passes that led to a touchdown. They then recovered an onside kick on the next play. Meade County would force a fumble on the next play, only to throw an interception on the following play, setting the tone for the rest of the game to come.
It was a typical first game of the season for the most part — plagued with penalties, miscues and turnovers by both sides, though Meade had more. A bad snap to punter Jace Beavin would end up giving Daviess the ball on the Meade 14 yard line and lead to the Panthers second touchdown. The score was 14-0 at half time in favor of the Panthers.
A sack early in the third quarter would lead to Daviess’ quarterback leaving the game with an injury. As Daviess’ backup adjusted, the game would be a stalemate in the third quarter with neither team scoring.
Meade’s defense continued to hold into the fourth quarter until a series of back to back plays seemed to break their spirit. The Greenwave defense held the Panthers to three and out. After fair catching the punt, the MC offense took to the field only to have the ball punched out of Parker’s hands on a quarterback run. Daviess took over possession and the Greenwave defense was holding them once again. Then on what looked to be a quarterback sack deep in the backfield, Daviess’ quarterback flipped the ball to his running back at the last second before he hit the ground. The running back took advantage of Meade’s defense converging on the downed quarterback and sprinted to the one yard line before being tackled. The next play the Panthers went up by a score of 21-0.
A few series later, Meade found themselves punting from their own 7 yard line on 4th and 19. A low snap to Beavin, who was punting from the end zone, forced him to go down on one knee to scoop the ball up which led to a safety being called, taking the score to 23-0. After kicking off to the Panthers, Meade’s defense was ripped for a 34 yard run on the next play by the Daviess County running back for the final score of the game, making it 30-0 in Daviess County’s favor.
The Panthers’ line was the biggest factor in the game. The team that controls the line of scrimmage is usually the team that controls the game. Daviess County had a huge size advantage. Their defensive line made it hard for Meade’s offense to ever have time to develop any passing or running opportunities. The bright spot for Meade County was their defense. Though the final score may not have shown it, the defense stepped up time and time again to hold Daviess County’s offense. Unfortunately, a team can’t keep their defense on the field that long without it eventually collapsing.
Meade County will have a chance to put Daviess County behind them this Friday, when the Elizabethtown Panthers visit Death Valley. If the offense can find its way this week at practice, the Greenwaves have the opportunity to reverse course against one of their many Hardin County rivals.