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The playoffs before the playoffs: (2)Highland Springs at Henrico

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There are still three games left to the regular season, but for teams like the Henrico Warriors, this week could be their best shot at making the playoffs. The Warriors currently sit 6th in the 5A South rankings where the top 8 make the playoffs. A win over second ranked Highland Springs would not only give them a huge boost in their rating, but end a long losing streak to the Springers.

RECORDS: (2)Highland Springs 6-1, Henrico 5-2

LAST WEEK: Springers def. Lee-Davis 49-21, Warriors lost to Atlee 28-25

SERIES: Highland Springs has won 15 straight.

Last meeting: 2015 Highland Springs 21-0.

Last Warriors win: 2000 (21-14)

ON AIR: Fox Sports 910 with Gary Hess and Gary Criswell. Pregame at 6:30, Kickoff at 7:00

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: During their 15 game winning streak in this series, the Springers have allowed more than 13 points only once (2013) and have shutout the Warriors 4 times. The 21 points scored by Lee-Davis last week were the most the Springers have allowed all season. Shy’re McKeiver scored 3 touchdowns last week and QB Juwan Carter has the 3rd highest rating in the region

Henrico has had impressive wins over Mills Godwin and Varina but has also fallen flat against Patrick Henry and last week, blew a 12 point lead against Atlee. QB Jalon Jones, a transfer from Varina, is among the top 10 rated passers in the region.

QUOTEABLE: Gerald Glasco, Henrico head coach: “I really believe that whoever wins 5A South will be the last man standing at the end of the season. They (Springers) want to win the game, we need to win the game. I don’t think there will be any letdown of effort from either side on Friday night.”

Juwan Carter, Springers QB: “I think Coach (Loren) Johnson’s objective in having a tough schedule is that in the playoffs, we’re already prepared for the close scoring games that you have in the postseason.”

Sean Robertson has more on the playoff implications this game has for both teams: