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Anderson faces 'colossal challenge' at Meade Co.

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Bearcats make trip to tradition-rich program on Friday

By John Herndon

If there was any doubt about the kind of high school football progam Meade County has, Anderson County players and fans only need to think back a year when the Green Wave visited Anderson.

Suffice it to say that the nickname fit. While the Anderson County side was packed with red-clad fans, as usual, there was enough green across the field that if someone did not know better, he might have thought he had stumbled onto a Christmas decoration convention.

Meade brought one of the largest fan contingents ever to descend on Anderson County, a fact made all the more impressive by the distance of nearly 100 miles between the schools.

Meade brought a media contingent of three newspapers, local radio and local cable TV, complete with multiple cameras recording the action.

In other words, high school football is huge in Brandenburg.

“It is going to be a colossal challenge,” Anderson coach Mark Peach says.

Indeed.

It will be Meade's opening game but a year ago, the Green Wave went 6-6, advancing to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs before losing to Henderson County.  Meade lost its first five games but those five teams ended up a with a combined 48-15 record last year.

Just a week after Anderson defeated Meade 43-34, the Green Wave dropped a 22-17 decision to eventual 5A runner-up John Hardin.

Even though that team lost 20 seniors, quite a bit returns in Brandenburg.

“They are very good,” Peach says. “Liverman is back in the backfield. Their quarterback is fantastic, Thomas Wilson.”

The Bearcats remember a game that was not over until Dustin Combs, now at Georgetown College, returned a kickoff for a school-record 97 yards to put things out of reach in the fourth quarter.

Anderson, leading 36-34, had held when Meade went for a two-point conversion that could have tied things.

“They are going to be good,” says Anderson quarterback Seth Carmichael, who played against the Wave as a safety last year.”

Steven Sims, who will be one of the Bearcat linemen charged with trying to open some holes in a stout Meade defense, remembers, “Last year, they found a way to execute. We didn't. They are good.”

Peach says that while Meade is a 6A team, the only one on Anderson's schedule this year, the programs have many similarities. “The communities are similar,” he says. “You have the same type of kids.”

But Peach hopes to build the Bearcat program to the level Meade has been under former coach Larry French, now at Boyle County, and current coach Larry Mofield.

“You don't want to fear anyone,” Peach says, “but you want to respect all opponents. I really respect Larry Mofield. He is one of the best in the business.

“They are going to have a tremendous atmosphere at Meade County.”