Highland Springs football advances as 5B champion after no contest

Highland Springs football advances as 5B champion after no contest
Highland Springs football players (Source: WWBT NBC12)

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) - It was set to be one of the top match-ups in area high school football this season, but this weekend’s scheduled Region 5B title game between Highland Springs and Manchester has been taken off the slate.

A positive COVID-19 test within the Lancer program has led to the game being declared a no-contest, with Highland Springs advancing as the region champion.

“With a positive COVID test within our program, our season has come to an end,” a statement released on Manchester football’s official Twitter page read on Monday night. “As I’ve told you this season, control what you can control, play every play as if it were your last. Unfortunately, that lesson has come to fruition.”

The statement also notes how proud the coaching staff is of the current team, which endured suffering a first game loss, players quitting, multiple injuries and following coronavirus protocols.

The Lancers’ season ends with a 6-1 record, capping off with an impressive 49-28 win at Hermitage this past Friday. Manchester rattled off six wins in a row following a season-opening defeat to Monacan.

Highland Springs is 7-0 and posted a 34-0 win over Prince George this past Saturday. The Springers will face either Deep Creek or Maury on April 24 in the state semfinals.

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