After two state championships, Highland Springs football entered the 2017 season missing their quarterback, their top receivers, their best offensive lineman, now starting for Lamar Jackson and Louisville, and more to graduation, the Springers began play not the favorite to turn two titles into three.
Add to that an opening night loss to Hermitage, a team primed, and eager, to knock the Springers off their perch, and it would be an uphill climb, plus a learning curve for new starters. But head coach Loren Johnson and his staff built, and built well, as Highland Springs got better each week, and never left the championship conversation.
The August loss meant a Thanksgiving Friday trip for Highland Springs to Chester Fritz Stadium, where the Springers dominated the second half to avenge their only loss, and head back to the state semifinals. Eight days after a home win there, Highland Springs captured their third consecutive title, defeating Tuscarora 40-27.
Following the victory, Johnson took time out at the beginning of the postgame press conference to note the impact off the field of his players, and the program. His comments can be seen on our YouTube Channel by clicking here.
Congratulations to Highland Springs Football, now a three-time champion, and laser focused on winning a fourth when the 2018 season begins for real on August 24.