Famed Southern author Thomas Wolfe penned the novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” and, for one night at least, the sentiment rang true for the Louisa Lions as they succumbed on homecoming night to visiting Fluvanna 34-19.
Amidst the October fair of homecoming revelry, fireworks, skydivers, cannons and Bubba the Lion, the mood was set for another night in The Jungle.
Obliging the packed Mineral crowd, Louisa commenced the evenings contest with a seven-play 55 yard drive that culminated with junior tailback Markel Groomes scampering one yard off-tackle with 8:36 remaining in the opening quarter for a 7-0 lead after Noah Gallegos extra point.
Responding efficiently and in thunderbolt fashion, Fluvanna senior running back Jovan Burton ripped off a 62-yard run directly through the heart of the Lion defense from its own 38 yard line.
The extra point attempt from Christian Franco failed, leaving the Fluco’s trailing by one, 7-6, at the 7:33 mark of the first quarter.
If it seemed as though for most of the evening it was Zack Jackson to the right, to the left and up the gut, it was because all of the above was true.
Louisa’s senior quarterback and leader accounted for 205 of the 271 (76 percent) of the total offensive yards on the evening.
“Zack is Zack. He does what he does every game, giving me all he has and then some,” said Meeks.
Driving from their own 15 yard line, the Lions used eight running plays and a 13-yard completion from Jackson to Peanut Johnson to pull in front of their visitors with 7:30 remaining in the half.
A direct snap to Johnson ended with the junior bolting from 25 yards out into the end zone, giving his team a 13-7 advantage.
Capitalizing on his opportunities, Johnson rushed three times at a 14.7 per yard clip while gaining 44 yards and scoring a touchdown.
Despite marching fifty-three yards from its own 21-yard line, the Lions could not take advantage of its most recent momentum after forcing a turn-over-on-downs from Fluvanna as Fluco defensive back Joey Shaheen returned a Jackson pass 51 yards to the Lion 23-yard line, setting up the go-ahead score.
To read the entire story, see the Oct. 11 edition of The Central Virginian.