Oscar Smith linebacker Malcolm Britt attempts to bring down Highland Springs QB Jamareeh Jones (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Highland Springs nabs their 31st win in a row, but it was a dogfight
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Highland Springs vs. Oscar Smith lived up to the hype. Two colossal heavyweights went after it for 48 minutes but in the end, it was the Springers who emerged victorious 13-6. With the win, Highland Springs recorded its 31st consecutive win. The Springers also extended its winning streak to nine over teams from the 757. Since Highland Springs title run began in 2015, they are 9-0 against the 757 and have outscored their opponents to the east 334-146.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Highland Springs stuffed Oscar Smith on fourth and short on the opening drive of the game. The Tigers would force a three and out on the Springers first drive. A bad punt by the Springers gave Oscar Smith excellent field position for its second drive of the game. The Tigers would draw first blood when quarterback Ethan Vasko connected with Romon Copeland Jr. on a 30-yard touchdown pass (PAT-Failed).
In the second quarter, Oscar Smith was able to force two turnovers from quarterback Jamaareh Jones but they would fail to capitalize on either opportunity. Before the half, Highland Springs had a chance to put some points on the board, but junior kicker Jayden Alsheskie uncharacteristically missed a 20-yard field goal. Oscar Smith would lead the four-time defending state champs 6-0 at the break.
The Springers came out in the second half unbothered by the scoreboard and simply played football. The offense moved the ball well down the field on its opening drive of the half, and Jamaareh Jones punched it in the endzone on an eight-yard run (PAT-Failed). Late in the third, Oscar Smith had the ball deep in their own territory and decided to go for it on 4th down. Highland Springs would force a turnover on downs and takeover inside Oscar Smith’s 25-yard line.
A few plays later Jones would hit Jamel Johnson on a twelve-yard touchdown pass (Alsheskie Kick) and the Springers were now on top 13-6. Oscar Smith would have three more opportunities to tie the game but the Springers defense locked the Tigers back in their cage. Tavarus Short would record a huge sack on 4th and 11 and Suirad Ware would force Vasko out of bounds on Smith’s final possession to seal the victory.
Highland Springs returns to action next Friday night at home against Meadowbrook, while Oscar Smith takes on its former defensive coordinator Joe Jones and the Lakeland Cavaliers.
– Byron Jones