Highland Springs and Varina are used to playing big games against each other. But when it comes to a regular season matchup - it doesn't get any bigger than their showdown Friday.
The undefeated Springers and the 8-1 Blue Devils meet in Week 10 with the Capital District title on the line. Because each of the four Division 6 playoff spots in the Central Region will be going to district champions, the loser of Friday's game will not only lose out on the title, they'll fail to make the playoffs.
It's an unfair situation, as these two squads are easily two of the three or four best teams in the Region. With the altered playoff system for next year, it's likely this type of situation will never happen again.
That makes raises the anticipation level for this game that much higher. Both teams have reached this point of the season in similar ways - they've both been tested, needing late touchdowns to beat Hanover this year. The only difference, is that Varina had #1 Hermitage on the schedule, and lost that game in overtime.
Both teams have known for a month that this game would be the one that matters the most in their season. Now it's just time to play the game.
Varina will be the home team - and the team that has hosted this showdown, has won in 8 straight regular season games.
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