Louisa’s opening scrimmage of the season came to an early and unexpected halt on Thursday at the campus of J.R. Tucker High School in Richnibd after varsity head coach Mark Fischer observed what he called “obvious, dirty, late hits” by an opposing team.
The trouble began in the team’s second and final scrimmage session of the day versus the Meadowbrook Monarchs. After a Meadowbrook score, tempers flared when a Monarch linebacker made a hard tackle on Louisa running back D’jon Shelton after the play had been whistled dead due to a penalty. Officials had to separate the two teams before continuing.
On Louisa’s ensuing possession, the rough play continued, with Meadowbrook being penalized for committing a personal foul facemask. Fischer said that was when he expressed his concerns over the dangerous playing conditions with Meadowbrook’s coaching staff.
“When I addressed it, the opposing head coach didn’t want to hear it,” Fischer said. “When I asked them to clean it up, they were more inclined to encourage it.”
According to Fischer, Meadowbrook coaches referred to their style as “just football.”
Subsequently, Fischer removed the Lions, which had already scrimmaged against J.R Tucker earlier in the day, from the field for good. The coach said that while no one enjoys aggressive football more than he does, he felt the line between recreational and reckless was crossed.
“If that’s his philosophy, fine. That’s his right and his prerogative, and I’m not going to question how he approaches the game. He has his ways and I have mine,”Fischer said. “But when it wasn’t going to change, it became an issue of me not wanting to lose my kids to something like a dirty shot. It’s a philosophical difference between their coach and me.”
“We were there to practice and get better at football, not have a fight,” he added.
Though the Lions only had the ball for two possessions against Meadowbrook, the team was able to have a full scrimmage against J.R. Tucker earlier in the day. Rotating possessions of 10 plays each, both teams found the end zone twice during the contest.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 21 edition of The Central Virginian.