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FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL UPDATE: Meade County 21, Louisville Butler 19 (08/22) | TheNewsEnterprise.com



It was a new-look roster for Meade County coach Larry Mofield on Friday after he had the task of replacing his entire defense and the majority of his offensive starters for this season.


But his young squad came out looking to make a statement early, pulling out a 21-19 victory against Louisville Butler at Hamilton Field.


With senior quarterback John Michael Millay now under center in place of John Wilson, the question was never about leadership. It was whether the Green Wave offense would click without its former Area Player of the Year.


Millay gave his coaches and Meade County’s fans a reason to breathe a little easier, at least for now.


His first career pass as a starter didn’t start off the way he had probably planned. After dropping back and scanning the field, he found his first option being blanketed by a Butler defender. After rolling to his right, he eventually saw sophomore tight end Brock Wilson had sprung free.


Millay fired, and Wilson hauled in the pass before sprinting 57 yards to the end zone to put Meade County (1-0) up 6-0.


Butler (0-1) had a response as the Bears drove down the field, eventually setting up a 2-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Desmond Miller.


But the Green Wave’s running game proved to be impressive early, too, as junior running back Levi Hurt found daylight with 10:07 remaining in the second quarter to give the Green Wave a 13-7 lead.


Meade County capped off its scoring in the first half in odd fashion as Millay was stopped short of a touchdown on fourth-and-1. With the Bears operating just outside its own end zone, they were called for holding in the end zone, resulting in a safety and a 15-7 Meade County lead heading into halftime.


And Meade County didn’t stop scoring when it came out for the third quarter, either.


On their first offensive possession of the second half, the Green Wave drove down the field on two massive runs – a 69-yard sprint by senior running back Will Morales and a 12-yard touchdown run by senior Joseph Rice.


But Butler wasn’t ready to quit.


The Bears’ offense began firing on all cylinders as senior quarterback Jared French led his unit down the length of the field, and junior running back Gregory Bethel finished the drive with a 5-yard touchdown scamper.


Bethel added a second score – again for 5 yards – with 6:54 remaining in the game, but French was unable to convert the game-tying 2-point conversion after being stopped short of the goal line on a scramble to his left.


From that point on, it was Meade County’s defense’s turn to shine as the unit held off a final comeback effort, ending the game with a critical fourth down stop with 1:09 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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We (Meade) are way down or at least very inexperienced. A lot of underclassmen and older guys that haven't played are going to have to grow week by week for us to make any noise. Butler was pretty bad the 1st half and most of the 3rd. Meade contained their speed pretty well. Neither team was sharp or very impressive. All in all it was a good win for the Waves. On to PRP next week. Go Big Green!

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