With one last regular season game left, a rivalry game is the best way to cap it off. For the beginning of November, it started off as a nice 70 degrees. Come the second half, no one had any idea that the game would end in a downpour of cold rain.
It was only fitting to see the regular season come to an end in that type of environment.
Highland Springs started the game off at a rapid pace. Running the ball with ease on the opening drive, Springers running back Rayquan Smith ran it in from 34 yards out to score a touchdown early in the first quarter.
The Springers defense was nothing short of perfection, as they forced four fumbles and had two interceptions against Varina. Highland Springs continued to score throughout the night, thanks to the help of itsr stout defense. Things opened up in the second quarter, as wide receiver Billy Kemp IV scored on an 11-yard pass to make it Highland Springs, 14-7.
The Springers scored yet again on a 37-yard pass to wide receiver Antwane Wells Jr. to make it 21-7 at the half. In the third quarter, Highland Springs wide receiver Johnathan Carey had a 28-yard touchdown catch that made the score 28-7 with 3:13 to go in the third quarter. As the game went on, the weather got very dicey, with a continuous downpour, which finally brought us to a final score of 28-7.
“I liked everything about this win,” said Highland Springs coach Loren Johnson. “The kids played well, and they played hard. We knew that Varina was going to come out and be a formidable opponent. We wanted to come out and play as hard as we possibly could. We weathered the storm early because we knew it was coming. We played well down the stretch. We came away with some big plays and we came out with a victory and that’s the most important thing.”
Coach Johnson was focused on how well his defense played all night and how they accomplished so much during the regular season.
“The defense carried us tonight, and they did a good job,” he added. “Our defense has been carrying us all year. Regardless of what anyone else says, I think we got the best defensive coordinator in the state. People think otherwise, but I know what my coordinators see every day, I know what they do every day, and they work together well as a team.”
Varina started off the game well. Keeping up with the Springers, the Blue Devils, early in the second quarter had a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Samond Pinchback for a touchdown that tied things up at 7-7. After this play, things started to deteriorate fast for Varina. The Blue Devils ended up having four fumbles total, along with two interceptions as well. Varina looks to get back on track with their winning ways in the playoffs.
Highland Springs ends the regular season with a nine-game winning streak, resulting in a 9-1 record overall. Who they play next is yet to be determined as the playoff brackets are being created now. Varina ends the season with a 7-3 record overall.