Highland Springs RB Shy’re McKeiver (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit804)
Additions to the schedule should increase the Springers’ power rating
by Andy Hilton, recruit804
After four straight seasons of winning the state championship in Class 5, Highland Springs is ready to challenge themselves further.
The Springers have been 57-3 over the last four seasons and they’re adding to their regular season schedule for 2019 and 2020.
Highland Springs Activities Director Rick Lilly has stated and confirmed via social media that the Springers have added games against Oscar Smith, North Stafford, Manchester and Colonial Forge for the next two-year scheduling cycle. A source at Oscar Smith has confirmed that the Springers will open at Oscar Smith in the fall of 2019 and the Tigers will travel to Highland Springs to open the 2020 season.
The Springers have seven district opponents in the Capital District and a traditional home opener against Hermitage that draws big crowds, even though the game was lopsided in 2018. Since each program can only play a maximum of ten games, it’s expected that a few traditional opponents will be dropped to accommodate the new ones. The official schedule for the 2019 football season will not be released until June 2019.
Oscar Smith was the Class 6 state runner-up in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Over the past four years, the Tigers have a win-loss record of 49-8. They fell to Ocean Lakes in the Region 6A championship last fall.
Manchester is the reigning Class 6 state champion after defeated Freedom (PW) in the title game last month. The Lancers were 15-0 in 2018 and have a win-loss record of 43-9 over the previous four seasons.
Colonial Forge has been so close to the State Championship game, but lost to Manchester in 2018, and lost to Oscar Smith in 2017 and 2016. The Eagles are 44-7 since 2015.
The addition of these four programs to the Springers’ schedule will almost certainly yield a higher power rating for the team come playoff time in the next two years. They’ll be even more battle tested, and if they manage to go 10-0 in the regular season, they’ll almost certainly be guaranteed home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
– Andy Hilton