The 2020 Football season has been one for the books. The Meade County High School Greenwave
football team has had a long season. This year has been filled with cancellations and restrictions, but started off on a high note, only to be followed by a disappointing mid-season, and now seems to be finishing out on a high note again. If you were to ask any of the players or coaches on the team about their season, their answer would be the same — way too many losses.
This team has never given up, and they have continued to give their all every time they took the field of play. When it mattered the most, they came together as a team to win their last two regular season games, which qualified them for the Class 6A playoffs beginning on Nov 20. Meade’s (3-5) first round opponent matched them up against Central Hardin (1-4). In their regular season matchup, Central beat Meade 38-18, but this is a playoff game. This is not the same Meade County team Central saw back in October. Meade’s offense has improved since the last time these two teams met, and they made sure that Central’s defense got a good dose of payback.
In the first quarter, Meade controlled the ball using their running game to pound the ball down the field
for first downs, mixing in a pass play when they needed a little extra yardage. But once they got to within striking distance of the goal line, the offense just could not seem to find the hole to punch into the endzone, which resulted in a turnover on downs. It took Meade’s offense little time in the second quarter to get their feet under them as they moved the ball down field. Meade scored first with 10:33
left when senior Austin Oppel blasted through a hole made by seniors Eli Ridgeway and Bryant Rhoades for a 30-yard touchdown run. With the extra point good, Meade took the 7-0 lead.
Meade’s defense was also finding their groove as they continued to hold Central off. With Meade’s defense keeping Central’s offense grounded, they stopped any momentum they built after getting a first down. But Central was able to get to within field goal range late in the second quarter to get on the board with a 23-yarder to bring the score to 7-3 before the half.
Coach Mofield was pleased at the way the team came out and played during the first half.
“Our seniors have really been resilient these last few weeks, and I couldn’t be prouder of them the way they’ve shown up and really played well,” Head Coach Larry Mofield said of these senior leaders. “At this
point in the year, style points doesn’t really matter as long as we can come away with the win. We’ve had a hard time finishing, but these kids play hard each time they get on the field.”
When Meade took the field in the second half, they had no plans of giving Central anything, but they had plans to continue to show Central their win in October was a fluke. Meade’s defense continued to stop the Central’s offense each time they got the ball. Central was forced to stick to their running game. Every time they tried a pass to their leading receiver, senior JJ Richardson was there to either knock the pass down or intercept it. While Central’s offense was hitting brick walls, Meade’s offense was putting points on the board. Meade would score two more touchdowns before the end of the game to take the win. The first came in the third quarter on a 47-yard pass play from Oppel to Richardson to go up 14-3. Then Oppel scored his second rushing touchdown from three yards out by diving while being tackled and reaching his arms out to get the ball across the goal line.
Central would find the endzone with only one-minute left in the game on a rushing play from the one yard line. An unsuccessful two-point conversion made it 21-9, and that is how the game would end with Meade moving on and Central’s season coming to an end.
After the game, Coach Mofield spoke about the team and how determined they are to prove they are
“You know a lot of people in the community have been critical of us saying we’re running 10 different offenses. So, I don’t know, but it seems like we found a little bit here, and maybe the 10 different offenses are working a little bit. We’ve been told that the Greenwaves don’t have any identity. That they don’t know what they’re doing. Well we’ve won three games in a row now. But ya know these kids have
battled back. I think they were beat down a little bit from losing a few games in a row, so I think it’s exciting for them to come out here and get the job done.”
Meade will now travel to take on North Hardin Friday, Nov 27 at 7pm. When asked about next week’s
match up, Coach Mofield replied:
“They’ve got great players, the only thing I can say is we get to fight another day, and I just hope we show up and fight.”