For the final time this season, Louisa County High School football coach Mark Fischer got to step onto the field which bears his name and coach the Lions in a home game.
And, for the last time, his team gave him a home win, defeating the Lafayette High School Rams 20-13 in the semifinal round Virginia High School League Class 4 State Championship on Dec. 2.
“I’m a bit numb to be perfectly honest with you,” Fischer said of how he was feeling when the game was over. “I’m super proud of these coaches, these kids and the way the community has rallied around them. We faced a tough team and we were fortunate to get one over on them.”
The Lions opened the game on their own 30-yard line and began moving toward the end zone. Seniors Malik Bell, Job Whalen and Raquan Jones combined to carry the ball to the Rams’ 26-yard line.
Bell connected with senior Caleb Turner for a 26-yard touchdown on the next play. Senior Thomas Henley kicked the extra point, giving the Lions a 7-0 lead wih 7:30 left in the first quarter.
The Rams made a bit of progress on their opening drive, but were stopped at Louisa’s 36-yard line with a sack from senior Devin Jackson-McGhee, his first of the afternoon.
The Lions’ next drive ended with a turnover on downs, and their defense forced a three-and -out from the Rams to round out the first quarter.
To read the entire story, see the Dec. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.