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Louisa County Lions Kickoff Football Practice with Midnight Madness

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Today is the first day high football teams in the Commonwealth are allowed to begin football practice and the Louisa County Lions got a head-start on the competition with their annual Midnight Madness practice at 12:01am Thursday morning.

Head Coach Mark Fischer has returned to be the head coach at Louisa after three seasons as a high school football coach in South Carolina.

Fisher says, " Its fun to be home, I notice the little things like smelling the hay, something we all take for granted when we live here. "

Fischer was a big part of building the Louisa football program with seven successful seasons from 2004-2010.

Louisa senior TE/LB Brian Townes Jr. says, "Discipline is a big thing Fischer's implementing and we're starting to take part in that. We had talent last year and we didn't fill our potential and this year we're going to fill our potential."

The challenge for Fischer is to be as successful in this second stint as he was during his first seven years in Louisa, leading the lions to a 58-21 record including leading the Lions to the state championship game in 2006.

Fischer says, "Its not about Mark Fischer, its about the kids who play the game. Its about what can we can convince these kids that they can possibly do."

Fischer says Louisa will start an underclassman at quarterback this year.  Whoever it is will likely being handing the ball of a lot.  The Lions are big and strong on the line and Fischer is known for running the ball.

Louisa senior running back Demetrious Washington says, "Yeah, I love that kind of stuff, all the running backs love to hear that we get to run it down everybody that's nice."

Fischer adds, "We're definitely going to run the ball, that's no secret but we have to be able to throw the ball to be able to get them out of the box some but I am what I am."

The Lions should be strong on defense with many starters returning on the interior.

Townes Jr. says, "Coach Fisher told us when he came in he wanted us to the first ones on the field and the first ones off the field on December 12th the state championship game, so that's what we're trying to do."

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