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Lions are ready to rumble in The Jungle

Posted on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Coaches Donnie Moore (l) and Mark Fischer (center) give some quick advice to the team during a time-out in last Friday’s game against Powhatan.

Two undefeated teams will enter The Jungle on Friday night for Louisa’s Homecoming game.

Only one will leave with their perfect record intact.

That is what fans of Louisa County High School football have to look forward to this week. The Lions will host the Monticello High School Mustangs for their homecoming game on Oct. 13.

Both teams are currently 6-0 for the season. Louisa is coming off of a 40-13 win over Powhatan, while Monticello recently celebrated a 34-10 victory over Western Albemarle.

The stakes are high for both teams.

“This should be a big one,”  Monticello head coach Jeff Lloyd said. “They [Louisa] are a very good, very physical team, and they’ve got players who can really play the game.”

Louisa head coach Mark Fischer is also preparing for a tough competition against the Mustangs.

“It should be a heck of a game,” he said. “It usually is with Monticello. We’ll be working on everything, because they’re loaded.”

Loaded is something Monticello certainly is. They’ve outscored their opponents 286-80 this season and average 47.6 points per game.

“We’ve much improved over last year,” Lloyd said.

In order to combat them, the Lions are going to have to put extra pressure on their opponents from the defensive side of the ball.

“We know we’re going to have to focus on who their playmakers are and try to make them play left-handed without them,” Louisa defensive coordinator Mike Clements said.

All season, Louisa’s defense has been able to limit other teams’ success with the run and they’ll continue that strategy against Monticello.

“If we can take away the run, that’s half the game right there,” Fischer said. “As long as the ball’s in the air, we’ve got a chance.”

Louisa’s offense is almost even with Monticello’s, with a scoring margin of 246-66 for the season so far.

“Our M-O is to be as physical as we can be right off the line and we’ve got kids who are capable of doing it,” Fischer said.

That physicality is something that Lloyd knows he’s going to have to deal with.

“When they set up in the single wing, we’re going to make sure we don’t give up too many yards,” he said. “We’re going to make them earn what they get.”

Before the game, be sure to tune in to The Central Virginian’s Game Day broadcast beginning at 5:30 p.m, during which Dicky Purcell will make his prediction for which team he thinks will walk away with the win. A link to use to listen to the broadcast will be posted on The Central Virginian’s Facebook page earlier on Oct. 13.

The homecoming game will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. in The Jungle. Prior to the game, the field in The Jungle will be dedicated to Louisa head coach Mark Fischer. The dedication ceremony will begin at 7:10 p.m.