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Lions prepare to battle Hornets Friday

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Caleb Turner (l) talks with offensive coordinator Will Patrick during a time-out in Louisa’s game against Monticello.

With win number seven behind them, the Louisa Lions are looking to game eight, this time against Orange County High School in the traditional “Battle for the Gordonsville Tastee Freeze.”

This year’s showdown will take place on Orange’s turf. The Hornets were away last week playing at Western Albemarle, where they came away with a 28-8 win, improving them to 4-3 for the season.

The Hornets have struggled at home all season, with a record of 1-3 in their home stadium.

The Lions are coming off a big Homecoming win over Monticello High School, outscoring the Mustangs 62-21. But they’re not going to dwell on the past.

“That game’s over,” Lions’ offensive coordinator Will Patrick said. “We’re going to put it to bed and look to the next game. Orange is a good team with good players. We’ll need to take care of the ball and do our assignments well.”

Patrick cited running back Jaylen Alexander and wide receiver Darius Minor as two of the Hornets’ biggest assets.

“[Jaylen] is a hard runner and [Darius] is one heck of an athlete,” he said. “They’ll try to spread us out on defense.”

Defensive coordinator Mike Clements is already anticipating that particular threat. Fortunately for him, he’s already faced a team like that with Monticello.

“We’ll be using a similar game plan as this week,” he said. “We’ll probably add a few new things to keep from becoming too predictable, but we’ll be focused on trying to take away their best athletes.”

Orange head coach Jesse Lohr could not be reached for comments before presstime.

The game will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20.