Louisa County Hoping to Build on Impressive Opener

By: Nate Sulham Email
By: Nate Sulham Email

Louisa County football coach Jon Meeks already knows he's got a talented team but Meeks will know a lot more about them by the end of Friday night.

The Lions (1-0) host 0-2 Courtland, a state semifinalist in 2012, Friday night at "The Jungle."

"I think it's a huge test," Meeks said. "This is one of the best teams we play all year, hands down. They're solid up front, they've got great skill players, well coached. For us this is a huge test, a huge opportunity to see where we are this early."

The Lions ran all over Spotsylvania in their opener. The backfield of Deion Johnson and Markel Groomes combined for over 300 yards on the ground and four scores.

"I feel like Courtland's going to come out angry because it's 0-2 and really just try to punch us in the face," Johnson said. "I really think if we come out and play a whole game of football then we've got in the bag."

"This game for us is really important," Groomes added. "We need to win. If we win I feel like we're going to go 10-0 probably if we win."

If Johnson and Groomes keep running the ball the way they did in the first game, they very well may go undefeated, but a repeated big effort will be needed to beat Courtland.

"Markel is like the power, he runs over everybody in his way," Johnson said of his teammate. "And they put me back there, I'm the speed, nobody can catch me. That's how we think."

"And we complement each other because I'll go out and chunk out 5-6 yards and he'll streak you for 12, then put me back in and ground and pound in the middle," Groomes added. "It's like double trouble because anytime we touch the ball we can both take it to the house."

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