Is 13 a lucky number for Louisa?
We’ll find out on Friday.
The undefeated Louisa Lions will be playing their 13th game of the season this week in the Virginia High School League Region 4B championship where they will face the equally undefeated Dinwiddie High School Generals.
Both teams come into the championship game off of tight semi-final games. The Lions overcame a 21-7 Monacan lead to pull out a 35-28 victory. The Generals faced Eastern View, who overcame a 30-16 deficit to tie the game at 37-37 and force the game into overtime. A Dinwiddie field goal in the second overtime period put the Generals into the championship with a 40-37 win.
The Generals are no stranger to this level of competition. They had a record of 14-1 for the 2016 season, with their only loss coming in the VHSL 4A state championship game. And most of that team is back for this season.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that they’re a tough team and they deserve to be here,” Louisa head coach Mark Fischer said.
One of Dinwiddie’s biggest threats on offense is their junior quarterback K’ymon Pope, who has carried for 299 yards and thrown for an additional 274 just in the Generals’ regional play. Pope’s older brother, K’vaughn, is a force to be reckoned with on Dinwiddie’s defense as a linebacker, and has already committed to play football for Ohio State following his high school career.
Even though they’re staring down a powerhouse team, the Lions won’t be making too many adjustments to their strategy.
“You’re not going to reinvent the wheel in week 13,” Fischer said. “We’ll just go out and do the same things we always do. We made a few mistakes on Friday (against Monacan), but we made some good plays too. Hopefully we’ll make some noise on Friday.”
The game will be held at Dinwiddie High School on Friday, Nov. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission to the game is $8.
Listen to the game live beginning at 6:40 p.m. brought to you by The Central Virginian and featuring sports commentators Tommy Nelson, Dicky Purcell and Byron Mehlhaff. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Tailgate is at 3:45 p.m. https://youtu.be/yIN5IN3pejc