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Lions flummox Fluvanna Flucos in final regular season game

Posted on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

Brandon Smith (center) and Noah Robinson (right) work to bring down a Fluvanna runner as Adrian Williams (left) looks on.

For the second consecutive year, the Louisa Lions end their regular season with an undefeated 10-0 record and a Jefferson District Championship to their name, after defeating the Fluvanna Flucos 35-7 in their Senior Night game on Nov. 2.

Following the pregame honoring of Louisa’s football, marching band and cross country seniors, the game got underway. TheFlucos got the ball to start the game and pushed deep into Louisa territory before a lost fumble, recovered by junior Derrick Barbour, gave Louisa their first possession on their own 29-yard line.

Senior Robert Allinder carried the ball to the 36, then junior Jarrett Hunter broke loose for a 64-yard dash to paydirt. Junior kicker James Payne kicked the extra point to give the Lions a 7-0 lead with 9:15 left in the opening quarter.

The Flucos made another run to the Lions’ end zone on their next drive, moving the ball to the 9-yard line before fumbling the ball again. Hunter scooped it up for the Lions, giving them a fresh set of downs on their 12-yard line. Fluvanna’s defense held firm, forcing a three-and-out and giving the Flucos the ball back on Louisa’s 34-yard line.

Fluvanna’s Kobe Edmonds covered half of that distance over two plays, then Prophett Harris made the final sprint into the end zone for the score. Elijah Bullock kicked the extra point, tying the score 7-7 with 3:08 left on the clock.

Despite the best efforts of both teams, neither was able to break the tie before halftime. The Flucos’ best attempt ended with yet another lost fumble on Louisa’s 34-yard line, and the Lions were stopped at Fluvanna’s 18-yard line on the resulting drive.

“We told the guys [at halftime] that we needed to calm down,” Louisa head coach Will Patrick said. “We had a couple of big penalties in the first half that hurt us and we got behind the chains a few times. We made some adjustments and came out and played Louisa football in the second half.”

It didn’t take long for the adjustments to show.

This is a partial article. Read the full story on page B-1 of the Nov. 8, 2018 issue of The Central Virginian

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