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One more obstacle for Louisa on path to state title game

Posted on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm

Assistant Coach Davell Smith congratulates Matt West after a touchdown in Friday’s regional championship game against Dinwiddie.

The Lions are coming back to The Jungle.

For one more time this season, the recently crowned Region 4B champions will be playing football on their home turf.

“It’s a special feeling to get one more home game,” LCHS senior Job Whalen said.

Adding to the anticipation is the knowledge that there’s a trip to the Virginia High School League Class 4 state championship on the line.

Coming off of a 37-28 win over Dinwiddie High School last week, the 13-0 Lions will host the 12-1 Rams of Lafayette High School in Williamsburg.

The Rams haven’t lost a game since their season opener on Aug. 31, and have outscored their opponents 480-90 this season.

“One of the things that’s led to our success this year is that we don’t have that one guy who does everything,” Lafayette head coach Andy Linn said. “We’ve got a complete group of kids.”

The Rams are no stranger to this level of competition. They made it to the state semifinal round last season as well, and won the state championship title in 2014.

One of the most interesting things about the two teams, both coaches noted, is how similar their strategies are.

“Their M-O is similar to ours,” Lions head coach Mark Fischer said. “They’re as good a wing-T team as I’ve ever played. They’re going to run the ball, misdirect when they can, and take advantage of the speed on their perimeter.”

Fischer noted similar strengths to the Rams’ defense.

 Read full story in The Central Virginian’s Nov. 30, 2017 Issuse