Kids play with Lions–Branding a new Louisa football tradition

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Louisa captain Deion Johnson gives the play-call to some younger members of the Lions fan base during the first annual “Meet the Lions” night.

Louisa captain Deion Johnson gives the play-call to some younger members of the Lions fan base during the first annual “Meet the Lions” night.

Helmets clashed, pads crunched together and tackles were made throughout the Louisa Lions football practice on Friday, Aug. 9 – the first practice this season that was open to the public.

The event, dubbed “Meet the Lions Night” by head coach Jon Meeks, began at the more family-friendly time of 7:30 p.m., unlike the team’s tradition that preceded it, “Midnight Madness.”

The collisions throughout the night seemed to spark a little more fire in the hearts of the Louisa faithful than the bag drills offered in previous years.

“I got a lot of good feedback from former players, current players and the fans who were enjoying the contact,” Meeks said. “I think everyone liked getting in bed before 2 a.m. and watching us run plays and getting after it.”

Louisa’s newest tradition was held under the lights of “The Jungle.” The event coincided with the school’s open house, which provided the opportunity to lure in more fans.  Meeks estimated that attendance was somewhere just under a thousand, a far more impressive showing than in years past.

To read the entire story, see the Aug. 15 edition of The Central Virginian.

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