Coming off of a 35-0 victory over Courtland in the season opener on Friday, the Louisa Lions are looking to their next game, this one in The Jungle against Region 4B opponent Chancellor High School.
The Chargers come into this week with a record of 0-1, having lost to Massaponax 47-8 in their season opener. The Lions defeated the Chargers by a margin of 48-14 last season.
The biggest threat from the Chargers, Lions’ head coach Will Patrick said, is their signature flexbone triple option offense.
“You can stop them 50 out of 55 times, but those five times they can streak you,” Patrick said. “We have to play solid defense this week.”
Louisa’s defense was a big factor in last week’s win, coming up with several big stops and holding Courtland to just over 100 rushing yards, all while keeping them off of the scoreboard.
Also key to the win were two new players on Louisa’s offense, both of whom proved their abilities against Courtland. Quarterback Robert Allinder completed 10 passes for 122 yards, including three touchdowns. Running back Kalup Shelton led Louisa on the ground with 165 yards over 11 carries, scoring a touchdown of his own. Both players will be returning on Friday for their first varsity home game.
Though they’re entering week two of the season with a 1-0 record, Patrick’s focus is on this week’s game.
“Every week is a new week,” Patrick said. “As long as we don’t let the win be a distraction and the kids play their assignments, we’ll do okay.”
Chancellor’s head coach Jefferson Glessner could not be reached for comment.
Friday’s game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in The Jungle. Anyone who is unable to attend can listen to a live broadcast of the game by Tommy Nelson, Byron Mehlhaff and Dicky Purcell through The Central Virginian’s Facebook page beginning at 7:15 p.m.