Louisa Lions put forth brave fight

Posted on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Louisa Lion’s Markel Groomes rushes for 10 yards to set up quartback Zack Jackson’s 15-yard tieing run early in the fourth quarter.

The Louisa Lions’ never-give-up attitude was not enough to overcome costly mistakes and an early South Lakes Seahawks three-score lead Friday night.

The Lions (2-4) scored 21 unanswered points to tie the game early in the fourth quarter, but South Lakes walked away with a 27-21 victory.

“You can’t spot teams 21 points,” said Lions head coach Jon Meeks. “But  my guys, like always, never gave up. They fought back and tied the game up. I’m very proud of them.”

During the opening drive, the Lions appeared to be in total control.

They used a pre-snap offensive shift to draw the Seahawks defense offside on the first play of the game and two more times in fourth-down situations as the Lions marched down to the South Lakes 11-yard line.

But the momentum quickly swung in South Lakes’ direction when they recovered a Lions fumble at the five-yard line.

The first Seahawks play of the game was a 95-yard touchdown run by running back Zac Parker, who followed up with a 40-yard touchdown run on the Seahawks next possession.

Mental mistakes, including a game total nine penalties for 90 yards, three botched snaps and a second fumble kept the Lions from regaining the momentum until late in the second quarter.

Leading 21-0 and with 29 seconds remaining in the half, South Lakes opted for a long pass play instead of running out the clock.

“They were probably trying to get in position for a field goal to extend the lead,” Meeks said. “I probably would have done the same thing.”

But Louisa’s Zack Jackson intercepted the pass and returned it 57 yards for a touchdown, swinging the momentum back in Louisa’s direction.

The Lions defense started the second half by forcing the Seahawks into three-and-out, setting up a 43-yard scoring run by Louisa quarterback Zack Jackson.

To read the entire story, see the Oct. 4 edition of The Central Virginian.

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