It was a tale of two halves, and thankfully for Louisa, the final few chapters were better than the first.
Bolstered by the stellar play of second-and third-string members of the varsity roster, Louisa outscored Goochland 27-3 in the second half en route to a 33-23 victory on Friday night.
The preseason win was Louisa’s last on-field action before their season opener versus Spotsylvania on Aug. 29. The contest was the team’s annual “benefit game,” which serves as a fundraiser for both squads.
“You have to look at this as two different ball games,” Louisa head coach Mark Fischer said after the win. “We had to look at it that way. In the first half, our ones got their butts kicked. That’s the thing that has to resonate with us. There’s not a lot to be excited about with that first half of football.”
Despite the team’s lack of production in the first half, though, Fischer praised the poise of his backups and the resulting attitude of his starters.
“I think the general consensus was that we were going to quit or that it would get ugly, and that showed the character not only of the twos and threes – they played their guts out – but the ones could have sulked and hung back on the sidelines, but they didn’t,” Fischer said.
The night started with promise for Louisa. On the game’s opening drive, the Lions used an 18-play, 10-minute long drive to cover 85 yards and take a 6-0 lead thanks to a six-yard touchdown run by Jordan Cherry.
It was the last time Louisa would cross the goal line in the first half.
The Bulldogs went on to score the game’s next 23 points. Goochland swiftly responded to Louisa’s opening score with a 60-yard touchdown pass from the arm of Reid Chenault. After the Lions’ next drive ended on a failed fourth-down attempt, Chenault was at it again, threading a seam across the middle to receiver Calvin Martin for a 10-yard score.
By halftime, Louisa trailed 20-6. The lackluster play prompted Fischer to pull his entire starting lineup off the field for the second half.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 28 edition of The Central Virginian.