On Thursday, July 31, the Louisa Lions football team took the field at 12:01 a.m. for their annual Midnight Madness football practice. Here are ten observations I’ve taken note of as the team prepares for the season opener on Friday, August 29 versus Spotsylvania.
If there was a more impressive player on the field than Demetrius Washington, I didn’t see him. Washington, a rising senior, is going to be a force at linebacker for Fischer’s 3-5 stack defense. Last year, Washington topped the scales at 172 pounds. This year, he tells me he’s up to 190 pounds. Looking at him up close, I believe it. Washington has always been one of the most intense players on the team, and he’s got that Tasmanian-devil-mindset that the Lions will need on defense. The difference from last year to this is that Washington now has the technique to accompany the terror.
They say that age calms a man, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Mark Fischer, and that’s great news for Louisa fans. The coach looked right at home on the gridiron, and he didn’t waste any time letting his voice be heard when instruction needed to be given. Fischer certainly isn’t a tyrant, but the fire that it takes to pump up a team is still burning quite nicely within the coach.
Going along with the previous point, Fischer repeatedly hammered to his players the mantra that it is up to their work ethic to turn the program around. Locals may think that Fischer’s return guarantees success, but you won’t hear Fischer or anyone on the roster say that. Players and schemes, not reputations, make a good team. Fischer and the Lions aren’t buying into their own hype.
To read the entire story, see the Aug. 7 edition of The Central Virginian.