Fluvanna football snags first victory of season

Fluvanna County, somehow, simply has Louisa County’s number.

For the second straight season, the Flucos went into the Jungle and emerged victorious, beating Louisa 23-6 behind an incredible defensive effort.

“(Defensive coordinator Mitchell) Pace had a great game plan, we played as well as possibly could on defense,” said Fluvanna coach Jason Barnett.

Diondre Key, a shotput and discus standout during track season, was a big part of the Fluvanna (1-6) effort, registering four sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries on the night. Goddience Flanagan also picked off three Louisa County (2-5) passes in what’s believed to be a school-record effort.

The defense held Louisa to just 183 yards of total offense, with Idris Davis’ 35-yard touchdown catch and 53 yards on the ground from Trey Cherry providing the bulk of that total.

The Fluvanna offense employed a single-wing style approach this year in another adjustment and that helped them build a 20-0 lead.

“We ran single wing with a new wrinkle — we knew they’d stack the box so we wanted to get on the edge,” Barnett said.

Marcus Jackson did the bulk of that work with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, while Jameel Wilson also chipped in with 65 yards on the night.

Jesse VanDyke hauled in a 36-yard catch from Austin Foster that put the Flucos up 20-0 after Jackson’s two touchdowns helped build the lead. From there, the Flucos held on tight, tacking on a field goal to help keep Louisa at bay.

“We concentrated on avoiding three and outs and keeping time of possession in our favor,” Barnett said. “We got pinned deep once and we got three or four first downs, which makes a huge difference.”

Macen Dahl went for 77 yards on six catches while Foster finished the night 9 for 17 for 128 yards and a touchdown.