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HIGH SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Late penalty doesn’t sit well with Lions coach

Louisa football coach Jon Meeks was incensed immediately after the Lions’ 15–14 road loss to King George last Friday.

Meeks didn’t agree with the officials’ call that allowed the Foxes a third opportunity at the game-winning field goal, which they converted from 26 yards away.

Louisa (1–2) was first whistled for roughing the kicker on Jacob Perkins’ 47-yard attempt. Meeks said that was “the perfect call.”

However, he was livid after the Lions were flagged because some of their players came onto the field following a blocked field goal they thought won the game.

Meeks said after the block, a King George player picked up the ball but didn’t advance it as three Lions stopped his forward progress.

Meeks said it was a natural reaction for his players to celebrate and none of them interfered with the play. He did acknowledge they stepped onto the field a “half second” before the final whistle blew.

“I was obviously incredibly upset at the time because I thought it was a bad call,” Meeks said. “You see guys do that in college and pro games and you never see that call. You can’t tell me in a game in those circumstances all the guys are going to stay on the sideline and hang out.”

Meeks said he’s disappointed for his players, especially senior linebacker Jeffrey Morse, who was called for roughing the kicker, but rebounded and blocked the field goal.

“That should’ve been the story of the game—how a kid makes a big mistake and immediately makes up for it with an incredible play,” Meeks said. “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen in my coaching career, but it was overshadowed.”

Meeks said since the immediate dissatisfaction his team has moved on. The Lions visit Charlottesville on Friday.

“We’re not going to look back and dread this game unless we’re one of the playoff bubble teams,” Meeks said.

MIHOTA TO SIT OUT

Massaponax senior defensive end Vinny Mihota will miss his third straight game when the Panthers host Franklin County Friday.

Mihota suffered a broken bone in his left foot in a win over Albemarle Sept. 6 and was slated to sit out two to four weeks.

Mihota, who has orally committed to Virginia Tech, said his status is “week-to-week” but he’s aiming to return when the Panthers

(4–0) host Riverbend Oct. 4.

“It’s definitely taking a toll on me,” Mihota said. “I’d love to be back out there. But my team has done a great job.”

Mihota said he wears a boot on the injured foot “24/7.” He experienced pain when he attempted to walk without it last week in an effort to get ready for last Friday’s contest with Colonial Forge. He said earlier this week he still feels pain in the foot.

MOSS AN ALL-STAR

Chancellor senior offensive tackle Steven Moss has been selected for two all-star games. Moss will first appear in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 in Carson, Calif. He’s also been chosen for the International Bowl in February in Austin, Texas. Both trips are all expenses paid.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Moss, who has orally committed to Virginia. “I just like matching up with people as good as me, as well as having people on my side just as good as me.”

A FOX ON THE MOVE

King George senior quarterback/linebacker Corey Henderson took an unofficial visit to Old Dominion last Saturday, Foxes assistant coach Chuck Eley said.

Henderson is slated to visit Buffalo this weekend. The Bulls have offered Henderson a scholarship along with Kent State, Massachusetts and Virginia Military Institute.

Henderson will visit Kent State Oct. 5, and on Nov. 5 he’ll take his fifth visit to West Virginia to watch the Mountaineers host Texas.

BARRY PLAYED IN GUAM

Massaponax senior boys soccer standout Michael “Bo” Barry was recently in Guam as a member of the Northern Mariana Islands National Soccer Team. Barry and his NMI teammates participated in the East Asian Football Federation

U-18 Tournament. Barry served as a captain for NMI.

Barry’s team faced opponents from North Korea, Macau, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Guam. This was his second international tournament this year. He previously played in Nepal with the NMI Men’s National Team in the Asian Football Confederation 2014 Challenge Cup Qualifiers.

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526

tcoghill@freelancestar.com

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