Two weeks into the 2018 football season and the Louisa Lions are going strong. Boasting a 2-0 record following their 45-20 victory over the Chancellor Chargers in their home opener last week, the Lions now look ahead to their next opponent: the King George High School Foxes.
Louisa defeated King George 54-12 last season, and it’s a result Lions’ head coach Will Patrick believes his team can repeat.
“I think we’ve got a good plan for this week,” he said. “We just have to have a good week of practice. A lot of games are won on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.”
The Foxes are coming into Friday night’s contest with a 0-2 record, having lost games to Tuscarora High School (35-7) and Brooke Point High School (30-3).
First-year King George head coach Vern Lunsford, who served as the team’s offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, knows that he’ll be facing an equally tough opponent in Louisa on Friday and that being competitive won’t be an easy task.
“We have to play with great consistency in all phases of the game,” he said.
Patrick noted two big offensive advantages that the Foxes have going into Friday’s game: their size, and their pass-heavy offense.
“They’ve got some big kids who can throw and run the ball,” he said. “They tend to throw the ball a lot more than the previous teams we’ve played. We’re really going to be working on our pass defense this week.”
On offense, the Foxes boast a solid lineup of running backs and threats in the recieving game include seniors Deshae Golden, Matt Lindsay and Zion White. Golden also plays linebacker for the Foxes and proved to be a solid threat in that position last year, where he averaged more than 10 tackles per game.
In addition to the returning talent, Lunsford said he’s pleased with the team’s work ethic and feels that is one of their key strengths this season.
Continuing to lead Louisa’s offense are sophomore running back Kalup Shelton and senior quarterback Robert Allinder. Shelton tallied a total of 124 rushing yards against Chancellor, while Allinder threw eight passes for 108 yards.
Returning to the lineup for last week’s game was junior Jarett Hunter, who led Louisa’s rushing offense against Chancellor with 160 yards.
Patrick cited blocking as the main skill his offense would be working on this week.
With Friday’s game fast approaching, Patrick is ready to play.
“I’m excited,” he said. “I hope everyone comes out to watch.”
Lunsford, for his part, said his team is as ready for the game as they can be.
“Our guys have been working very hard in practice,” he said. “They are excited to have another opportunity to compete this Friday.”
Friday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in The Jungle. Anyone who is unable to attend can listen to a live broadcast of the game by Tommy Nelson, Byron Mehlhaff and Dicky Purcell through The Central Virginian’s Facebook page beginning at 7:15 p.m.
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