Facing fourth-and-long with 10 seconds to go in the first half, Courtland wide receiver Chris Carpenter made a diving touchdown catch at the end of a 40-yard pass to put the Cougars up 14-6.
Lions head coach Jon Meeks said the play wasn’t a game changer in the Lions 35-6 loss to the Cougars last Friday, but added that it did give the home team added confidence going into the second half.
“The catch was big,” he said. “It didn’t help, but there were plenty of other plays that mattered.”
The Lions started the game with an impressive 67-yard opening drive that put Louisa ahead 6-0.
But despite amassing more offensive yardage than the opposition, untimely penalties, two interceptions and a sometimes stalling offense resulted in a three-quarter scoring drought for the Lions.
“We had a chance in the first quarter to go up 14-0,” Meeks said.
But a Lions offside penalty left Louisa facing fourth-and-five. Unable to convert, the Lions turned the ball over on downs at the Cougars 27.
“It was a missed opportunity and we lost our momentum,” Meeks said.
The Lions didn’t fully recover and a 51-yard Cougar scoring run on the heels of an interception, followed by Carpenter’s catch sent Louisa into the half down 14-6.
In the third quarter, the Cougars capitalized off another interception with a 9-yard scoring run putting Courtland ahead 21-6.
To read the entire story, see the Sept. 13 edition of The Central Virginian.