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Lions face off against Fluvanna in final regular season game Saturday

Posted on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 5:00 am

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Nine games down, one to go. The Louisa Lions are only one win away from a back-to-back regular season sweep. The only team standing in their way is the Flying Flucos of Fluvanna County. The two will meet in The Jungle on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. for the final week of regular season play.

The Flucos boast a season record of 6-3, with a 4-2 record in the Jefferson District, both of which vastly improve over their records from last season (2-8, 0-7).

“We put in a new system and tried to keep things simple,” Fluvanna coach Michael Morris said, who is in his first year as the Flucos head coach. “The game hasn’t changed, it’s still primarily about tackling and blocking. We’ve been working on limiting our turnovers and trying to get better one week at a time.”

The Flucos are coming off of a pair of district losses, first to Albemarle by a one-point margin (14-13) on Oct. 19, then to Western Albemarle 21-7 on Oct. 26.

“They’re a well-coached team, and they’re scrappy,” Lions’ head coach Will Patrick said. “They’ve got some big guys on both offense and defense.”

Key among the Flucos lineup are running backs Prophett Harris and Nathan Smith, tight end Joey Vandyke and linemen Walt Stribling and Aiden Custer. On defense, the standouts are linebacker Malachi Harris, defensive end Eli Hartzog and safety Colby Martin.

One of the main goals for the Flucos on Saturday is to be competitive with Louisa.

“Louisa’s a good, strong team,” Morris said. “They’ve got some really good athletes over there…[They’re] a good measuring stick for us. It’ll help us see where we’re at as a program.”

As for his game plan, Morris is going to keep it simple.

“We’re going to run the ball, throw it when we have to and we’re going to have to control the clock,” he said. “We can’t let the atmosphere that they have over there get to us.”

For his part, Patrick is putting particular emphasis on limiting turnovers and penalties on Saturday in an effort to close out the regular season with a win.

“Fluvanna’s a good team,” he said. “There’s a reason they’ve been successful this season. We can’t give them extra opportunities.”

Adding further excitement to the mix is the fact that Saturday night is the last chance both teams can earn points to lock down their ranking going into postseason play. The Lions are currently engaged in a tight battle with Eastern View, Dinwiddie and Monacan for the number one spot in the region.

“We’re already in a playoff mindset,” Patrick said “We need to win on Friday to secure our spot in the playoffs. We’ve got a lot of kids who are hungry and have something to prove.”

Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. in The Jungle. Anyone who is unable to attend the game can tune in for a live audio broadcast of the action by Dicky Purcell and Byron Mehlhaff through The Central Virginian’s Facebook page beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Stadium gates will open at 4 p.m. and tailgating will take place at 4:30 p.m. in front of the middle school.

Senior night recognitions for football, cheer, cross country and marching band members will take place on the field at 5:15 p.m., and the high school track will be dedicated to Coach Jerry L. Cutright at 5:35 p.m.

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