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Second half turnaround not enough for Lions

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

The Lions put together a 10-play scoring drive late in the fourth quarter.

It was a tale of two halves for the Louisa Lions (3-6) when they faced the Charlottesville  Black Knights (4-5) Friday.

But despite an improved second half performance, the Lions were unable to  overcome a large halftime deficit in the 46-16 loss to the Black Knights.

“We did a better job in the second half,” Lions Head Coach Jon Meeks said. “But it was too little to late.”

The Lions were unable to contain Charlottesville’s speedy  duo of quarterback Rashard Davis and running back Chris Thurston early in the game, which left the Lions going into halftime trailing 32-0.

“They’re the fastest two players we’ve seen all year,” Meeks said. “Their quarterback might be the fastest player I’ve ever coached against.”

Meeks said the plan was to put eight men in the box to contain the running threat and force Davis to pass.

“Traditionally, we win that battle,” Meeks said.

But the Lions were unable  to limit the number of big running plays and they couldn’t pressure the opposing quarterback into making errant throws. Davis went five of nine for 150 yards.

In the second quarter, he threw two touchdown passes for 62 and 36 yards and scored a third touchdown on a 45-yard run.

But Louisa came out of halftime determined to overcome the deficit.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 1 edition of The Central Virginian.