HIGHLAND SPRINGS, VA (WWBT) - District play opens up for many area high school football teams this week, and Hanover and Highland Springs will face each other in a match up that will give one squad a big leg up heading into its final six games.
These two Capital District foes square off in our On the Sidelines Game of the Week. Both teams enter with 3-0 records and have been impressive in non-district play. Highland Springs has wins over Meadowbrook, Douglas Freeman and Dinwiddie, and is averaging nearly 42 points per game, while only allowing 20 per contest. These numbers become more impressive when the Springers' opponents are figured in, as two of their three games so far have come against playoff teams from a year ago. Loren Johnson's team is led by junior quarterback D.J. Johnson, helped by Marcus Taylor and a deep group of skill players.
Hanover topped Patrick Henry, J.R. Tucker and Deep Run in its first three contests, posting two shutouts in the process and only allowing eight points in the other game. The Hawks are averaging 43 points per game. Quarterback Andrew Knizner, along with all-around athlete Sam Rogers and running back L.J. Jones fuel the Hanover offense.
In last season's match-up between these two teams, Hanover held on for a 10-7 win in a defensive battle, and despite both squads' gaudy offensive numbers, neither would be surprised at a similar result this time around as well.
Last season, Hanover finished the regular season 8-2, while Highland Springs was 7-3. The Hawks made the playoffs and eventually captured the Division 5 Central Region title, while the Springers watched from home, further motivation for success in 2012.
Kickoff from Highland Springs is set for 7:00pm on Friday.