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Litmus test for Louisa—Lions to scrimmage three-time 5A state champion L.C. Bird Friday

Posted on Friday, August 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

Scrimmage at L.C. Bird in Chesterfield Friday, Aug. 14 at 7 p.m.

Noah Verling and Gavin Hiter practice leading up to the season's first scrimmage.

Noah Verling and Gavin Hiter practice leading up to the season’s first scrimmage.

Louisa County High School’s football team will take part in the first of two controlled scrimmages on Friday, Aug. 14 at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield.

The scrimmage will begin at 7 p.m. and will give coach Mark Fischer and his staff an opportunity to see his team perform in game-like situations against a quality opponent in the Skyhawks.

“Playing the three-time 5A state champion is obviously a huge challenge,” Fischer said. “I want to see how we compete and if we will stand in there and battle with them.”

Fischer said he’s been pleased with the progress the team has made since the first practice on July 30.

“The first couple of weeks have gone well,” he said. “There’s been a ton of learning. We started a little slow,  but are really starting to pick it up.”

One of the top questions in camp was the battle for the starting quarterback job and Jordan Cherry and Malik Bell are performing well.

Cherry, the backup last season, has a slight edge in the position battle and has shown great command in the huddle.

Bell, a 6-foot, 233-pound sophomore, gives Fischer another bruising runner in the backfield.

Another question mark was on defense where the Lions’ were hit hard by graduation.

Fischer said he’s been impressed with the progression of the defensive backs thus far.

The Lions will host its final scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. against Cave Springs High School of Roanoke on the team’s practice field.

The coaches and players are looking forward to strapping on the shoulder pads, especially against the likes of L.C. Bird.

“If I get the best out of my kids from start to finish, then I think it’ll be a great experience,” Fischer said. “I guess we will find out Friday at 7 p.m. what their response is.”

Read the August 13 issue of The Central Virginian for full story