Charlottesville Tops Louisa, Eyes Playoff Birth

By: Bart Isley (Scrimmage Play)
By: Bart Isley (Scrimmage Play)

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It took Charlottesville 10 years and a nearly flawless performance by Chris Thurston to finally get the better of Louisa County again. A decade after the Black Knights’ last win over the Lions, Charlottesville rolled 46-16 past Louisa, shoring up its playoff prospects with a critical district victory.

Thurston rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 touches, pounding the ball just off tackle on stretch plays as his offensive line washed out Louisa’s defensive front consistently from the opening kick.

Thurston had a trio of touchdown runs of more than 20 yards as he powered a Charlottesville ground game that went for 322 total yards. His pounding running style and effectiveness helped open things up for the passing game where Rashard Davis was incredibly efficient on just nine passing attempts, completing five of them for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

Davis' scoring tosses came nearly back-to-back late in the second quarter, the first from 62 yards out to Isaiah Green, the second to Malik Bartee for a 36-yard catch on a seam pattern down the middle of the field. The senior signalcaller also had 69 yards including a 45-yard first half touchdown run in the game, with just six carries.

The Black Knights were sound defensively as well. Louisa managed 339 yards of total offense but much of it came late after Charlottesville had pulled ahead. The Lions were led by quarterback Zack Jackson, who rushed for two touchdowns and 119 yards and threw for another 181.

Charlottesville is now the seventh-rated team in Division 3 in Region II. With just Powhatan left on the schedule, the Black Knights largely control their own destiny.

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