Lions pick up first playoff win at home

Louisa's Devin Murray tries to shake a pair of defenders during the Lions' regional playoff game against the King George Foxes.

The Louisa Lions opened its 2019 post season play with a decisive 49-12 home victory over the King George Foxes on Nov. 15, extending their season record to 11-0.

The Foxes got on the board first, scoring midway through the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead, but the Lions were able to muster a response early in the second period. Senior Jarett Hunter scored the first of his three rushing touchdowns for the game on a 1-yard run to get the Lions on the board. Senior kicker Saun Williamson kicked the extra point to put the Lions up 7-6 with 11:23 remaining in the half. 

Louisa’s offense kept up the pressure, adding three more touchdowns before the half to extend their lead to 28-6. They came out of the break with similar energy and added a pair of touchdowns early in the third quarter, including a defensive score with senior Aaron Aponte recovering a fumble in the end zone, jumping ahead 42-6.

King George’s second score came late in the third quarter, Mac Bitto returning a Louisa punt to the end zone. The Foxes attempted a 2-point conversion, but the attempt failed, leaving the score at 42-12. It remained unchanged for most of the fourth quarter until junior Isaiah Colvin came up with a score on a 1-yard run in the final minute of the game for a final score of 49-12.

With the win, Louisa advances to the semifinal round of the Region 4B playoffs and will host the Patrick Henry Patriots in The Jungle on Nov. 22. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

For a full write-up on tonight’s game, see the Nov. 21 edition of The Central Virginian.