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The making of a team of champions

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Raquan Jones eyes the ball during the Dec. 2 Lafayette game that will decide whether Louisa County High School will go on to compete at the Dec. 10 state championship.

The 2017 Louisa County High School varsity football team’s historic campaign brought them to the pinnacle when they earned the right to play in the Virginia High School League Class 4 state championship.

Head Coach Mark Fischer turned a team that was 8-3 last season into a team that fought their way through 14 opponents this season to earn a ticket to William and Mary’s Zable Stadium without suffering a single loss.

But the Lions are more than the football team and its coaches. The hours of work that go into the making of a game aren’t just those spent at football practice.

It’s a machine comprised of many parts that make the whole—including the marching band practicing in front of the school while working on Friday night’s routine. It’s also cheerleaders, who practice and compete in their own right, who keep the crowd alive and involved in the game, performing and passing out the “terrible towels.” It’s the teachers and volunteers, working the ticket booths and running the concessions stands. It’s the athletic boosters, who raise funds and pay for the teams’ food and clothing. It’s the fans, who brave the cold and the wind to support a team that has given a small county in Central Virginia something to be proud of

To read the entire story, see the Dec. 14 edition of The Central Virginian.