Meade runs out of steam in second half


Sports Reporter

After missing two weeks due to COVID protocols, the Meade County High Greenwave Football team was able to get back to work on Sept. 17, when they hosted the Apollo Eagles. Meade came out of the gate strong, but it would be Apollo that soared to the finish beating Meade by a score of 29-20.

“I think our kids played as hard as they could play. We’re not a physical team, sometimes we don’t buy into the weight room. Apollo on the other hand has been in the weight room, and they threw us around really bad tonight. It was discouraging,” Coach Larry Molfield said of the team’s physical play. “This is one of those losses where it’s only nine points on the scoreboard, but in reality, it could have been a lot more. This was a physical mismatch; we really couldn’t be on the field with them tonight.”

Meade’s defense did dominate in the first half of the game by not allowing Apollo to score until late in the second quarter. While Meade on the other hand scored three times in the first half. Twice in the first quarter and added a third early into the in the second.

Meade’s first touchdown came on their first offensive series where they once again pulled out a trick play to start the game. After taking the handoff from quarterback Kyle Parker, Andrew Millay found his target, Nolan Whobrey, down field hitting him in stride to take the ball 50-yards for the touchdown. Carter McCoy would hit the extra point to put Meade up 7-0.

“We can’t run the ball, and that hurts us, so we’re having to scramble and manufacture some plays tonight because we can’t run it up front,” Molfield said. “I think we did some good things in the passing game this evening, but our inability to run the football, if you can’t run the football, you’re not going to win many games.”

Apollo, known for their running game, went to the air against Meade, only to find out that wasn’t such a good idea after Whobrey stopped their momentum with an interception at the Meade 25, turning the ball right back over to the Meade offense. Apollo had Meade stopped, but drew a ‘roughing the kicker penalty, and that gave Meade a new set of downs. Meade went to the air. This time it was Parker hitting Lawson King for a 35-yard completion, taking the ball to the one-yard line before being brought down. Connor Geise would finish the drive bullying his way through the Apollo front line on a one-yard run for the touchdown. McCoy would hit the extra point to put Meade went up 14-0.

Meade added their third touchdown of the night to the score board on a pass play from Parker to Levi Stull for 44-yards. Stull would enter the endzone untouched, but with McCoy unable to hit the extra point, Meade led by a score of 20-0.

Apollo resorted back to their running game late in the second quarter, and that is where Meade’s defensive holes were found. With Meade up 20-0, and just over seven minutes left in the first half, Apollo cut Meade’s lead to 13 before halftime and continued to get their offense rolling from there. Meade was

unable to get anything going in the second half, while Apollo added another touchdown in the third quarter, cutting Meade’s to only six points. Apollo scored again with just under twelve minutes left in the game to take the lead from Meade by a score of 21-20. Meade’s inability to stop the run had them falling even further behind following Apollo’s fourth touchdown. They would add the 2-point conversion to take the nine-point lead with only six minutes left in the game.

“They just kicked our tails. I’m not sure what they had for rushing yards, but it felt like a thousand,” Molfield said of Apollo’s rushing game. “Had they stuck with the run early on, they probably wouldn’t have been down 20-7 after the first half. They started trying to do some things, but once they figured out they could run it between the tackles, it was like a parting of the seas.”

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