With their first game of the year behind them, the Louisa Lions football team looks to the next big milestone of the season: The first home game.
Coming off of their 39-6 victory over the Courtland Cougars in the season opener last week, the Lions hope to carry the momentum into The Jungle this week when they take on the Chancellor Chargers.
The Lions have beaten the Chargers in their last two encounters, most recently in last season’s home opener, 45-20. Even with those past victories, Lions’ head coach Will Patrick isn’t taking anythng for granted.
“This is not the Chancellor team everyone thinks they are,” he said. “They are really good.”
Chancellor enters week two with a 0-1 record, having lost to Massaponax 47-34 in their season opener. The Chargers, under the leadership of first-year head coach Jeff Drugatz, battled back from a 34-14 halftime deficit.
Leading the Chargers’ offense is returning quarterback Trevin Edwards. The junior, entering his third season as a starter, completed 15 of his 19 pass attempts against Massaponax for 236 yards, including a trio of touchdown passes to senior receiver Kim Carruthers.
Carruthers is another returning weapon on the Chargers’ offense, not only as a receiver but as a running back. Senior Krisshaun Scott also returns as running back, adding another dynamic to the Chargers’ ground game.
“[Edwards] might be one of the best quarterbacks we play all year,” Patrick said. “He can run, but he can also throw on the run, and he’s got some really good athletes playing receiver for him...Our secondary is going to get tested this game.”
The Lions bring several weapons of their own to the table. Senior running back Jarett Hunter led the attack on the ground against Courtland, rushing for 219 of Louisa’s 337 yards. Four other runners hit double-digits for the rushing game, with four different runners scoring touchdowns for the Lions.
Louisa also showed strength in the passing game, with freshman quarterback Landon Wilson completing seven passes to five different receivers for 88 yards.
“Louisa’s a big, strong team,” Drugatz said. “They’re well coached and their schemes are solid. This will be a test, but we’re excited for it. If you want to get better, you have to beat better teams.”
The teams face off on the Mark L. Fischer field in The Jungle on Sept. 6. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Anyone who is unable to attend the game can listen to a live broadcast of the action by Tommy Nelson, Dicky Purcell and Byron Mehlhaff on The Central Virginian’s Facebook page beginning at 7:15 p.m.