The Louisa Lions are now halfway through their season, and holding onto their unbeaten 5-0 record. They hope to keep the winning streak going this week as they travel to Powhatan High School to face the Indians on Oct. 5.
“It’s a hard place to play,” Louisa head coach Will Patrick said. “Getting a win against Powhatan on their turf is a pretty big deal.”
The Lions are coming off of a 36-17 home win over Western Albemarle, while Powhatan returns from Charlottesville High School with a 23-6 win under their belt, giving them a 3-1 record for the season.
“We played well against Charlottesville, especially on defense,” Powhatan head coach Jim Woodson said. “We had a good game plan and executed it well. Hopefully we can keep that momentum going.”
Still, Woodson said, playing Louisa is much different than playing Charlottesville.
“We’re expecting them to be big, fast and tough,” he said. “We’ve been looking for weak spots but haven’t been able to find any. They’re a difficult team to prepare for.”
One of the areas Patrick is focusing on is turnovers. Western was able to take advantage of two different Louisa turnovers last week, including a 73-yard pick six early in the fourth quarter.
“We need to make sure we take care of the ball,” he said. “We need to play smarter on offense and learn as we go.”
One of Woodson’s biggest offensive assets is running back Jacob Taylor, who has had more than 200 rushing yards in every game for the Indians this season except one – in their loss to Western on Sept. 21. Even then, he managed to break into triple-digits with 104 yards.
“Our O-line has been doing a good job of reading the motion to help him out,” Woodson said.
The Lions continue to rely on junior running back Jarett Hunter on the ground. Against Western, he tallied 234 rushing yards over 38 carries, including four of Louisa’s five touchdowns.
Patrick hopes that the momentum his team has built over the last five games will continue into this week.
“We’re going to keep improving,” he said. “These kids are young and they’re hungry.We haven’t even scratched the surface of what we can do.”
Ultimately, Woodson said that he has one goal for Friday’s game.
“We’re going to try to stay after it and, hopefully, make [the final score] respectable,” he said.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Powhatan High School. Anyone who is unable to attend the game can listen to a live broadcast of the action by Tommy Nelson, Dicky Purcell and Byron Mehlhaff through The Central Virginian’s Facebook page beginning at 7:15 p.m.
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