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When the Raiders of the late 70s performed badly in games, Hall of Fame linebacker Ted Hendricks would tell his teammates the ambiguous phrase, “This game is in the can.” It wasn’t elegant or poetic, but his message of resilience seemed to work well enough.
After Louisa’s 42-7 loss to Courtland on the Lions’ home turf on Friday, Sept. 13, head coach Jonathan Meeks hammered in the same advice for his team – albeit a little more articulate.
“There aren’t many teams that are 2-0,” Meeks told his 1-1 team after the loss. “This game is behind us.”
The Lions don’t have time to hang their heads this season. In fact, they’ll have to look up a little higher to see their next opponent face-to-face.
Louisa travels to play the King George Foxes on Friday, Sept. 20. The Foxes are led offensively by 6’3, 245-pound senior quarterback Corey Henderson, who is a signal-caller in the body of a fullback. Henderson has fielded recruitment calls from the likes of West Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, and it’s no secret he’s the man the Lions have to stop to have a chance.
In addition, he happens to play middle linebacker for the team as well.
“He’s very impressive,” Meeks said. “Playing [quarterback and linebacker], you just don’t see that. In my 12 years of coaching, that’s only the second time I’ve ever seen that.”
Last year, Henderson led the Foxes to the Region I, Division 4 state semifinals, and so far this year, he has guided the team to a 2-1 record.
King George utilizes the spread offense, trying to create gaps in defenses for wider running lanes. Henderson isn’t much of a scrambler, relying more on his arm to get the job done, but he’s not afraid to tuck the ball and run should the situation arise.
“He’s not the fastest kid, but he runs hard,” Meeks said. “He’s not going to break away and run past somebody, but he will run you over.”
To read the entire story, see the Sept. 19 edition of The Central Virginian.