Leverett’s Chapel’s football team is going to be dealt a challenge this week, the first of the University Interscholastic League’s Class 1A, or six-man, playoffs.

But that’s better than the alternative of sitting home.

The Lions (7-1) will take on Avalon (10-0) on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. at Mabank. And they may be a handful.

Leverett’s Chapel has only lost once this season, to eventual District 12-1A, Division I champion Union Hill, who also beat everyone else in the district.

Avalon and LC have a couple of common opponents: Union Hill and Apple Springs. Avalon beat Union Hill, 60-38, back on Sept. 13, and beat Apple Springs, 46-27.

The Eagles just got out of the regular season last week with a 55-54 win at home over Millford.

As for LC, it’s been a couple of weeks since they played. The Lions have had more than their share of open dates this year: two that were factored into the schedule, including one last Friday night. There was a third open date, though, in week six because of a forfeit: LC’s opponent didn’t have enough players to play.

The Lions last played on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2, a 20-6 home win over High Island in a game LC had to win to make the playoffs.

Against High Island, Dawson Blear went 12-of-23 for 157 yards and three touchdowns. Mikey Dennis had three catches for 36 yards, and two touchdowns. Alexis Chaves had 67 yards rushing on 11 carries, and caught three passes for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Jonah Shepherd had six catches for 53 yards and an interception, and De’Quincy Brown had three interceptions.

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