The Louisa Lions junior varsity football team capped their 2021 season with a 35-0 win over Albemarle in the Jefferson District championship game on Nov. 6.
The Lions defeated the Patriots 35-0, a far different outcome than when they faced Albemarle during the regular season. The Patriots won that game 20-14.
The Lions ended the season with a record of 7-2, with the district championship win being a goal they’d set at the start of the season.
“That was our long-term goal,” said first-year head coach Mark Alberts. “We had short-term goals every week with each game, and then once we got here, we had one more short-term goal to win this game. It feels really good.”
Alberts praised the team for how they “worked their butts off” through a particularly trying seasons that saw a number of last-minute schedule changes, cancellations and forfeits due to their opponents’ COVID-19 protocols.
“The ups and downs of getting ready for a team every week and then the let down of, ‘Oh, we’re not going to have a game this week’ – it was brutal,” he said. “It was really emotional, and these guys, they stuck with it. Every day, they stuck with it.”