Highland Springs to meet West Virginia Baron Martinsburg on Friday | 804 University


Highland Springs’ Quanye Veney (1) tries to avoid a tackle from Manchester’s Eric Smith during the first half at Highland Springs High School in Henrico, Va. On Friday September 3, 2021.

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After the pandemic derailed a reunion of separate state football heavyweights last year, Highland Springs and Martinsburg, West Virginia, are expected to face off this week.

Martinsburg, who is northwest of Washington, will travel to Richmond to face the Springers on Friday. Highland Springs will make the return trip to Martinsburg next season as part of a two-game series.

The Springers are 89-7 in the past seven+ seasons, including four consecutive state titles from 2015-18. They lost in the state championship game in overtime last season.

Martinsburg had a 57-game winning streak last season and was eliminated from the state playoffs in the quarterfinals by COVID. He had won four consecutive Class AAA state titles (eight in the previous 10 years).

“They were winners,” said Highland Springs coach Loren Johnson. “It says a lot for any football program.”

Martinsburg is 3-0 this year, having beaten schools of Virginia Salem (35-21) and Sherando (55-7), as well as Musselman of West Virginia (56-14).

Highland Springs is 2-1. The Springers, ranked No.1 in the region, lost their first game to North Carolina’s Julius Chambers 24-13. They have since beaten No.2 Manchester (27-20) and Prince George (45-19). Chambers won 4AA state titles in 2019 and 2020.

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