Highland Springs QB Jamareeh Jones (Photo: Byron Jones/recruit757)
#1 Highland Springs outlasts #2 Manchester 26-16
by Byron Jones, recruit804
Manchester blanked Highland Springs in the first half and led 16-0 at the break. However, the Springers would have the last laugh of the evening as they scored 26 unanswered points in the second half, defeating Manchester 26-16. With the win, the Springers have now won 36 consecutive games and halt Manchester’s winning streak at 20.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After both teams exchanged on their initial drives, Manchester’s Patrick Watson forced a fumble, sacking Springers quarterback Jamareeh Jones. Jalen Igner recovered the fumble and returned it deep into Springer territory. A few plays later, Isaiah Todd would put the Lancers on the board after a two yard touchdown run (PAT Domazos).
The Springers would turn the ball over on its ensuing drive, but the Lancers were unable to capitalize. Manchester led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Patrick Watson opened up the second quarter with a 41-yard run which set up Roemell Garcia’s one-yard touchdown score (PAT Domazos), extending Manchester’s led 14-0. Highland Springs was pinned deep in their own territory after LaQuan Vaney was stuffed on the kickoff return.
The Springers turnover woes would continue, as Jordan Jackson coughed up the football giving the Lancers excellent field position. With 5:51 remaining in the half, Mason Domazos connected on a 20-yard field goal attempt, putting Manchester up 16-0 on the four-time defending champs.
Manchester received the opening kickoff and converted a huge third down deep in their own territory. They pounded the rock with Isaiah Todd and were able to pick up a few first downs. A penalty or two stalled the drive and forced them to punt.
This is where the Springers took control of the game. Jamareeh Jones and company started their first possession of the second half on its own one-yard line. Jones capped off the 99 -yard scoring drive on an eight-yard touchdown run (2PT Conv No Good).
After forcing a quick three and out, Highland Springs Kerry King Jr. returned the punt 53-yards to the end zone (PAT No Good), and the Springers now trailed Manchester 16-12.
Manchester was once again forced to punt, and Jamareeh Jones would make them pay. Jones scored his second touchdown of the evening on a three-yard run (PAT Alsheskie) and the Springers went on top 19-16 with 4:35 remaining in the contest.
After a Roemell Garcia interception (Daytione Smith-INT), Juwan Dent punched it in the end zone from one-yard out (PAT Alsheskie) brining the score to 26-16. Highland Springs linebacker Tavarus Short put an exclamation point on the Springers comeback victory by sacking Garcia as time expired.
After playing seven consecutive games, Highland Springs gets a well-deserved bye week before returning to action against Atlee on 11/25. Manchester will travel to Midlothian next week looking to begin another winning streak.
Jamareeh Jones – Passing: 10/14 116 yards; Rushing: 14 carries 47 yards 2TD’s
LaQuan Veney – 4 receptions 76 yards
Kerry King Jr. – 53-yard Punt Return TD
Patrick Watson – Rushing: 10 carries 109 yards; forced fumble/fumble recovery
Isaiah Todd – Rushing: 13 carries 55 yards TD; 3 receptions 30 yards