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Louisa Co. Fans Come Out to "Meet the Lions"


"Midnight Madness" has been a long-standing tradition at Louisa County but this year, the team decided to start a new tradition.

Fans filled the bleachers at "The Jungle" to see the 2013 team as part of the "Meet the Lions" event.

"Midnight Madness" was Louisa's way of celebrating the start of football season on the first day of practice.

But head coach Jon Meeks decided to switch things up this year, with the younger generation in mind.

"We're just trying to replace Midnight Madness with something different where we're trying to get more youngsters out," Meeks explained. "In the middle of the week we were afraid we weren't getting any out here and tonight you might see 50-60 little guys running around, playing."

Those fans got to see the Lions go through team drills and an intrasquad scrimmage as well.

"Oh it's very exciting. We get to come out here, hit our teammates and show the people we're serious," junior quarterback Trey Cherry said.

"Yeah definitely, it's better than Midnight Madness because people come out and watch us do drills on Midnight Madness and this we're hitting and stuff so they can see something exciting," senior running back Deion Johnson added.

The fans in the stands gave some Lions added motivation to play well.

"Everybody was excited when they found out we get to play against each other and we get our hands on each other in front of everybody, the whole community," senior linebacker Kyle Anderson said.

Meeks, with his wife and children nearby, surveyed the Friday night crowd.

"It's just an exciting event for the county as you can see. My first year in Louisa 12 years ago we didn't have this many people here on a home game. And we're just doing a little intrasquad practice. We're just here to have fun, see who wants to play football. Who wants to get hit."


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