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Lions’ life hinges on final two games
While the Virginia High School League playoffs don’t officially start until Friday, Nov. 15, Louisa’s upcoming games carry the same weight as a postseason contest.
With a much-needed victory over Orange last week, the Lions moved to 3-5 on the season. Still, head coach Jon Meeks knows that unless his team pulls out some incredible performances in their remaining contests, it’ll be game over sooner rather than later.
“It’s a 12-day season for us,” Meeks said. “Whatever goes on in these next 12 days determines whether we get an eleventh game this season or collect our pads after playing Monticello. It would be a cool storyline [to win out].”
Louisa travels to face a balanced Albemarle (5-3) team this Friday and has powerhouse Monticello (7-1) at home after that. It’s not an easy path to the playoffs, and Meeks admitted that the odds are stacked against his team. Louisa needs to win at least one of the games to have a coin toss chance at the playoffs, and can only assure themselves of a spot in the postseason by winning out.
“Our goal is to start clicking at the right time,” Meeks said. “No one cares about how you start, it’s how you finish.”
On Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., Louisa’s quest continues. The Lions face an Albemarle team that is coming off of a huge 21-20 upset of previously undefeated Monticello. Before their game versus Albemarle, no team had held Monticello to under 30 points, but thanks to a stout defensive line, the Patriots stifled Monticello’s run game and held them to a season low of 190 rushing yards.
Often in sports, a huge win is followed by a puzzling loss, but Patriots coach Mike Alley said that his team’s approach should keep them focused on Louisa.
“The one thing that we’ve been stressing to our team the whole season is to take it one game at a time,” Alley said. “After Friday night, enjoy that win, but when it comes to Monday morning, it’s back to work again and you’re focused on your next opponent. We tell them, ‘Don’t get wrapped up in the past, but prepare for the future.’”