After a tough game against King George last week, the Louisa football team was looking to enter district play in the right way and get back to playing Louisa football.
“We’re still trying to figure out our identity, obviously we’re going to run the football and fly run on defense, but who are our go-to guys and who steps up and makes big-time plays in big-time situations,” said Lions coach Will Patrick. “If everyone can improve every week I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
If tonight’s performance was any indication, the Lions are definitely trending in the right direction getting back to what they do best. They tallied just over 400 rushing yards as a team and the defense pitched a shutout on the way to a 33-0 victory over their district rival Fluvanna Flucos.
The Flucos received the ball first, but once the Lions forced a punt they began to roll. Their first drive ended with a 31-yard touchdown run for Jordan Smith to give them a 6-0 lead. Smith would end the night with five carries for 45 yards and a score, and one catch for 78 yards and a score.
Things went from bad to worse for the Flucos fast, as an Owen Leydig pass was picked off by Jaylen Beach, getting the Lions’ offense back on the field. The Flucos did not back down, as Jacob Morris came up with an interception off Landon Wilson’s throw just in front of the endzone.
The Lions however would shortly get the ball back, and early in the second quarter Austin Talley broke off for a 25-yard score to make it 12-0. Talley would end up with 10 carries for 144 yards and a touchdown. Then after a three-and-out, the Lion offense ended a long drive with a short Wilson touchdown run to help make it a 19-0 game.
The second quarter surge didn’t stop there, as the Lions got the ball back with about a minute left on the clock. Wilson stepped back and completed his first pass of the night after struggling in the passing game the whole half, and it was a big one. He found Smith for a huge 78-yard house call to make it 26-0 before the half, and the game never got any closer. Wilson ended up going 3-11 for 107 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the air, and 6 carries for 104 yards and a score on the ground.
“They were stacking the box, so we wanted to spread them out and throw the ball there, and it worked,” said Smith.
After the first half both defenses played well throughout the second half, with the only points being on a late fourth quarter touchdown for Tyreke Coleman to make it 33-0 Louisa.
Some key performances for the Flucos included Morris with his interception, Leydig who started at QB for an injured Kobe Edmonds, had 15 carries for 83 yards and went three for eight through the air with 26 yards and two interceptions, and Trace Harris who had one carry for 49 yards.
Next week, the Lions will look to keep their momentum as they host Charlottesville for homecoming, while the Flucos will look to get healthy with their bye week coming up.