Ground game powers Louisa past Charlottesville

Charlottesville refused to go away Friday night, but Louisa County’s 42-point lead that the Lions built by the end of the third quarter was predictably insurmountable despite a trio of fourth quarter touchdowns by the Black Knights.

The Lions picked up a 54-32 victory largely on the strength of a 178-yard, four-touchdown night by Andre Mealy.

Mealy averaged 9.4 yards per carry and opened the game with three straight touchdowns as well as a two-point conversion to open the game. When Zack Jackson tacked on another touchdown, Louisa had a 28-0 halftime lead. Jackson finished with 110 yards, averaging 12.2 yards per carry. Peanut Johnson also got in on the 415-yard team effort on the ground, piling up 64 yards on the ground. He also had a pair of catches for 69 yards, including a 61-yard grab.

Jordan Bullock had seven total tackles to lead the defense while Mealy finished with a pair of tackles for a loss and four total on the night.

Despite the frigid conditions, Charlottesville’s Mason Sherry tossed four touchdown passes, completing 10 of his 22 attempts for 155 yards. Rashard Davis finished with 62 yards on five catches. Davis, Daquan Jones, Darius Watson and Diamante Scott all caught touchdown passes, with Scott’s going for 52 yards.

Wynter Warren led the Black Knights’ rushing attack with 67 yards on 10 touches. Davis had 48 yards on six carries and Chris Thurston scored Charlottesville’s lone rushing touchdown.

Louisa struggled with penalties all night, getting flagged for 136 yards on 13 infractions, but the Lions’ defense was brilliant on third down, coming up with stops on seven out of eight third down attempts by the Black Knights.