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Lions win regional championship

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 5:00 am

Raquan Jones skirts a Dinwiddie defender during the VHSL Region 4B championship game on Nov. 24.

The Louisa Lions added another honor to their list of accomplishments for 2017 – a regional championship trophy.

The team earned the award after a hard fought battle with the Dinwiddie Generals in the Virginia High School League Region 4B championship game on Nov. 24.

“Dinwiddie is a great team,” Lions’ senior Job Whalen said. “They’ve got a great coaching staff and they’ve got athletes all over the field. We knew it was going to be a battle. We just tried to make a statement and that’s what we did.”

That statement was to outscore the Generals 37-28, giving Louisa its 13th consecutive win of the season.

The Lions came out of the gate with determination, cutting the Generals’ opening possession short after eight plays. Taking over on their own 34-yard line, the Lions made two short plays to get to the 39, then senior Malik Bell found an opening and burst through it, scurrying 61 yards down the field into the end zone to get the Lions on the scoreboard.

Senior kicker Thomas Henley put the extra point through the uprights, making the score 7-0 Louisa with 8:40 left in the first quarter.

The Lions kept up the pressure and forced a fumble on the second play of the Generals’ next drive. Whalen dove on the loose ball, giving the Lions possession at their own 48-yard line.

A 14-yard pass from Bell to senior Raquan Jones moved the ball into Dinwiddie territory, and a few plays later, senior Matt West sprinted 14 yards down the field to get the Lions to the 5-yard line. Bell finished the drive on the next play, giving the Lions a 14-0 lead with 5:04 left on the clock.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 30 edition of The Central Virginian.