Louisa Community Rallies Around Team

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

December 8, 2006

The Louisa High School Football team plays in its first ever State Championship Football game and the community is rallying around the team.

The Town of Louisa is a sea of green and gold. Everywhere you turn is go Lions and everyone you talk to is talking football.

"We never really had anything like this before as far as football goes. We have been pretty successful in baseball in the past. This is really exciting," said alumni Justin Woodward.

"I mean everyone here is for us and we want the win," said student David Best.

The team is making it's first ever appearance in a State Championship Football game in its 60 year history. Eighty-five hundred people cheered the team to victory against Powhatan, not bad for a County with under 30,000 residents.

"The school spirit is just so contagious right now. The kids have to be pumped up and I am looking for them to play an outstanding game this weekend," said track coach Jerry Cartwright.

People all around Louisa say this game and the entire season has really brought this community together in a way in which they have never seen.

"I haven't seen this type of community involvement since 1973," said bus driver Buddy Jones.

Jones has lived in Louisa County his whole life. He says pride is just oozing from everyone in the area.

"I just think that the people in Louisa County are proud of the fact that we have a school that will do this for them," he said.

And of course, everyone has a similar prediction about tomorrow's outcome.

"30 to 21, Lions," said teacher Missy Lonce.

"I really hope we win," said student Emily Titus.

"We are going to win," said student Brittany Sanders.

So far, Louisa has sold over 2,000 tickets for the game. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at Liberty University.

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