Louisa blows out Spotsylvania

Louisa County found a balanced offensive approach that worked well Friday night, and the points followed as the Lions rolled 42-7 over Spotsylvania.

Louisa put together an onslaught in the first quarter, with Zack Jackson rushing touchdowns bookending an 80-yard touchdown sprint by Markel Groomes as the Lions built a 21-0 lead in the opening frame.

From there the Lions kept the pedal down, with Groomes scoring once more before the break. In the third quarter, Jackson hit Cody Hopwood for a 20-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 35-0.

Jordan Painting, who also had six tackles on the night, capped the Louisa scoring with a 10-yard interception return for a touchdown near the start of the fourth quarter.

Jackson finished with 78 yards and the two touchdowns on nine touches. The senior quarterback also went 10 for 16 passing for 179 yards while orchestrating an offense that went turnover-free. Turnovers had been an Achilles’ heel for the Lions so far this season.

Groomes went for 129 yards on 11 carries including the 80-yard explosion. Jackson split the bulk of the aerial attack between Peanut Johnson and Deion Johnson. Peanut finished with 61 yards on three catches including a 45-yarder while Deion had four catches for 53 yards.

The Louisa defense held Spotsylvania to just 183 yards of total offense.

A big test for the Lions looms next week as they open Jefferson District play against Monticello at home where they’ll be looking to bring that same offensive balance to the field against the Mustangs.