@MEADECOUNTYHIGH and @MeadeFB’s DeShawn Welch, Class of 2019

Meade County was a difficult team to figure out in 2017. One thing is for sure, the Green Wave will have to figure out a replacement for the 6-0, 205 pound running-back Zach Babb who ran for over 1,200 yards and 15 rushing TDs before being lost for the playoffs. Larry Moefield‘s district 2, Class 6A football team appeared to battle, for much of the 2017 football season, a certain Dr. Jekyll /Mr. Hyde team identity crisis.

Were the Green Wave the team which lost to Simon Kenton 47-13 to open the 2017 football season or were they the team which pounded a Class 5A, Anderson County 48-0; the same Bearcats who would finish 8-4? Were the Green Wave the team which would lose to Class 2A, Christian Academy of Louisville, 26-7, or the team which beat Class 4A, State Champion, Franklin-Simpson, in Franklin, Kentucky 24-21? How exactly does a football team which beats Anderson County 48-0 and Franklin-Simpson on the road, turn around and lose to 3-8, North Hardin, and to a Henderson County team which would lose by 19 points to the worst Owensboro Senior team in years (4-7)? You see the dilemma for Green Wave fans.

Powers/Welch

Regardless, the Green Wave have plenty of big players, and even talented players, returning for 2018. One of the biggest and potentially most important is 6-0, 231 pound fullback/linebacker, DeShawn Welch. Welch, last season, ground his way to over 650 yards rushing in the neighborhood of 113 or so carries in addition to his contributions on defense from linebacker. With Babb gone, it is fairly assumed that Babb‘s workload will fall on the shoulders of Welch, fellow-rising senior Nathan Holley (5-11, 170 pounds), and up and comer, promising, sophomore-to-be, JT Godsey who is 5-10 and weighs 200 pounds.

On the defense, Welch figures to align at linebacker with  classmate, Thaddeus Nikolao and rising sophomore JT Godsey. Nikolao is 6-2 and weighs 245 pounds and, when not at linebacker, is aligned along the offensive front. JT Godsey whom we identified as a threat to align, offensively, at running-back, can also play linebacker. The defense should have both rising Class of 2020 prospects, Jack Parker (6-2, 230) and Joshua Holland (6-1, 210) either playing inside or stationed at end.

DeShawn Welch seems to personify the traits most coveted by Coach Moefield as he stocks his roster with big-bodied athletes who prefer to run over, as opposed to around, opponents. That particular brand of football proved some- parts effective and some-parts ineffective a year ago for his charges. At KPGFootball, we believe if the Green Wave can develop a change of pace, edge option to offset the bull-dozing inside run, and get more out of the passing game than departed senior, Zane Powers, was able to give the team; Meade County has the type of physicality which could make some noise on its half of the Class 6A bracket in 2018.

This is Fletcher Long, reporting for KPGFootball reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!

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Welch’s highlights (Junior Year)

 

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