Playing perhaps its best game of the season, Louisa County High School’s 34-27 loss to the visiting Mustangs of Monticello (4-0, 1-0 Jefferson District) this past Friday evening was almost akin to a win.
“I am not disappointed at all in their effort, it was a win as far as their effort,” said Louisa head coach Jon Meeks. “A win would have been nice against a quality opponent like this but I am very proud of these guys.”
Entering the “Jungle” undefeated and leaving it the same way was not, by any means, an enjoyable or easy task for Monticello. Despite having been out-distanced on numerous levels by the Lions, the Mustangs managed to pull off an impressive victory in typical determined rivalry fashion.
Striking first, the Mustangs junior running back T.J. Tillery bolted through the Louisa front line almost untouched for 32 yards and the night’s opening tally with 9:35 remaining in the first quarter. For the evening, Tillery piled up 208 yards on 21 carries and three scores.
Responding quickly, the Lions Deion Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards, giving his team the incentive to march 67 yards in eight plays, culminating with a two-yard up-the-gut touchdown run from Zack Jackson at the 5:53 mark. The two-point conversion attempt failed, placing the Lions within a point at 7-6.
Putting his second score of the evening on the board, Tillery once again made his mark with 2:28 left in the opening quarter by stutter-stepping his way around Louisa’s best defensive efforts with a 17-yard, run to put the visitors in front 14-6.
“He (Tillery) ran very hard tonight, I was impressed with the way he played,” Meeks said.
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