Although I don’t begin work officially at the Daily News until Monday, I covered Greenwood’s game against Meade County Saturday night at North Hardin.
The game was the nightcap of the Joe Jaggers Bowl, and the Gators (0-2) walked out a little shell-shocked after coming apart in the third quarter for a 45-14 loss.
Greenwood actually led Meade County 14-10 late in the first half — it’s hard to give an exact time because the scoreboard went down at that point — but the Green Wave rattled off 35 straight points to close it out.
The win was Meade County’s first ever against Greenwood. The two had been district rivals for several years until this season.
I spoke with Greenwood coach Greg Cavanah after the game, fresh off a heated talk with his players.
But Cavanah was calm and certain of many things that went wrong Saturday night, most notably mental miscues.
The Gators allowed Meade County quarterback Thomas Wilson to take over the game. Wilson finished with 294 total yards and four total touchdowns.
While Cavanah admitted that Wilson is a stud, the coach also said Greenwood’s defense had some lapses that allowed the quarterback to cash in big plays.
He also pointed directly at a botch on a kickoff play in the third quarter, when the Gators allowed Meade County to regain control of a pooch kick.
Cavanah said it all came down to the players getting “tired, then lazy” and forgetting things they routinely work on, and that they’ll try to correct it before playing Hopkinsville next week.
Greenwood had 168 yards in the first half, nearly as many as they had all last week against Mayfield (191). The Gators’ offense hit a snag in the second half, totaling just 27 rushing yards.
Quarterback Jeff Witthuhn finished 10 of 19 passing for 139 yards.
Two linemen were also injured in the game. Josh Cavanah (shoulder) and Chase Brown (knee) both had to leave the game early, and Greg Cavanah wasn’t sure what their statuses would be for next week.
Check Sunday’s Daily News for more results and reaction from the game.