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Lions de-claw Cougars in playoff opener

Posted on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 11:02 am

Malik Bell tries to shake a Courtland tackle on the way to the end zone druing Friday night’s regional playoff game in The Jungle.

It was a cold night in The Jungle as the Louisa Lions hosted the Courtland Cougars for the quarterfinal round of the Virginia High School League Region 4B tournament.

Despite the cold weather and some first half hiccups, the Lions emerged victorious, defeating the Cougars 35-13 to keep their season going.

Louisa received the opening kickoff and got things started at the Cougars’ 47-yard line. They were almost stalled at the 33-yard line before senior quarterback Malik Bell connected with senior David Sharpe for a 31-yard pass, moving the ball to the 2-yard line.

Bell finished things off from there, scoring the Lions’ first touchdown of the night. Senior Thomas Henley put the extra point attempt away to give Louisa a 7-0 lead with 9:04 left in the first quarter.

The Cougars struck back quickly. On the first play of their opening offensive drive, Zin White skirted the Lions’ defense and carried the ball 59 yards into the end zone. Ryan Lynch kicked the extra point to tie the game, 7-7, wih 8:52 left on the clock.

The Lions failed to gain any momentum on their next drive,  punting after being held to five yards over three plays. The Cougars had better luck on their next possession, starting on their own 21-yard line and moving the ball into Louisa’s territory before being stopped at the 36-yard line.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 16 edition of The Central Virginian.

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