Brace yourselves for a gridiron showdown of epic proportions as the Great American Rivalry Series commemorates its momentous 20th season with a battle that rekindles the flames of an age-old rivalry. On Saturday, October 28th, 2023, the Highland Springs Springers clash with the Varina Blue Devils at the iconic Highland Springs Football Stadium.

The storied history of this rivalry, since 1940, is a testament to the passion and intensity these two teams bring to the field year after year. With Highland Springs leading by 32-19-1 in the all-time series, the stage is set for another thrilling chapter in this enduring saga.

In their most recent encounter, the Springers highlighted their dominance with a convincing 29-0 victory over the Blue Devils. Running back Aziz Foster Powell stole the show, delivering a spectacular 26-yard touchdown that sent shockwaves through the stadium just before halftime.

Rick Ford, Founder and CEO of the Great American Rivalry Series, expressed his enthusiasm for this matchup, stating, “Highland Springs vs. Varina is the essence of what our series stands for. It is about honoring tradition, celebrating the community, and witnessing the raw determination of these athletes. We’re proud to feature this clash as part of our 20th season.”

As the Highland Springs Springers and the Varina Blue Devils prepare to take the field, the anticipation is palpable. With a crowd of 10,000 fans expected to fill the Highland Springs Football Stadium, the atmosphere will be electric, and the players will undoubtedly feed off the energy of their passionate supporters.

The Highland Springs vs. Varina matchup on Saturday, October 28th, 2023, promises to be a battle for the ages, where every yard gained, and every point scored will carry the weight of tradition and the hopes of an entire community.

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Tomondrey Braxton
Highland Springs


Rae'Qwon Taylor

Highland Springs

Rae'Qwon is 4 year Letter Award winner in Varsity Football here at Highland Springs High School. Rae'Qwon is also a 2 Time All-State, All-Region award winner as an Offensive Lineman. Rae'Qwon has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his entire High School Career, while being in all advance and AP classes. He has been tremendous as Student-Athlete and is an amazing example of a Springer
Cole Felix


Basketball (9-10), Track (9-12), DECA, NHS


The long-standing rivalry between Highland Springs and Varina made for an electrifying evening in Highland Springs, Virginia. The first half consisted of both defenses flying around the field. The Varina QB gave his best “now you see me, now you don’t”, and dropped a DIME as the Blue Devils scored to take a 2 touchdown lead! They intercept a tipped pass and take over halfway through the 2nd! Coming back from the half Highland Springers come back swinging. They recover a muffed punt and score with a pass over the middle to open the second half scoring! The end of the third quarter ends with 13-7 with Varina in the lead. In the final quarter, Highland Springs muffs a punt, but their defense holds strong, forcing a punt and hoping to drive and tie or take the lead with 6 minutes left. The Springers end up taking the lead! A huge hole opens up and it's nothing but green in front for a HUGE touchdown run! 14-13 Highland Springs.The Blue Devils didn't back down and respond and on their first play they took a 75 yard pass to the house to retake the lead! Varina leads 19-14, with 50 seconds left Highland Springs drives down the field and retakes the lead with touchdown leaving Varina with only 45 seconds to comeback! Springers take the win 20-19, after a slow half and a marvelous game.