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Louisa to celebrate homecoming in The Jungle

Posted on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Listen to all the action live as the Louisa Lions take on the Spotsylvania Knights in The Jungle.  Broadcast will begin at approximately 7:15 p.m., kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

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The Louisa Lions (2-4) have a shot at the Jefferson District title if they can compile a four-game winning streak beginning with a win against district foe Fluvanna Flucos (1-5) on Friday.

The Lions are 0-1 in district play after suffering a 34-27 home loss to the Monticello Mustangs two weeks ago.

And each district opponent, except for the undefeated Western Albemarle Warriors—who the Lions will face in the final game of the regular season, has at least one loss.

“If we can win our next four games, we can tie for the district championship,” said Lions head coach Jon Meeks. “But there’s no room for mistakes.”

During last week’s game against the South Lakes Seahawks, the Lions were plagued by costly mistakes—some familiar and some not so familiar.

The Lions have struggled at times to maintain control of the football and limit the number of penalties.

Louisa had trouble with both recurring problems during last week’s loss, along with the addition of uncharacteristic mishandled snaps.

Meeks said the center and quarterback have worked together for two years without experiencing the problem before.

“It was just one of those nights,” he said. “I can’t really explain it.”

The coach said forced errors are part of the game, but his team needs to work on fixing the unforced errors.

The Lions have shown in their two victories that they are capable of putting on a fantastic, nearly error free performance, which is what they will need to do this week.

Louisa is 9-4 against the Flucos since 1999 and despite Fluvanna’s 1-5 record, Meeks said he isn’t taking the district foe lightly.

“Things haven’t gone their way, but sooner or later they will,” Meeks said. “We just have to make sure it doesn’t start this Friday.”

He said the keys to victory for the Louisa offense are extending drives by completing more first downs and limiting the number of penalties.

On the other side of the ball,  Meeks said the defense needs to limit the number of big plays by the opposing offense.

“Every game from here on out is like a playoff game,” Meeks said. “For me, this is do or die.”

The Lions will play the Flucos in The Jungle at 7:30 p.m. Friday.