As the Highland Springs football team pursues its fifth consecutive state championship in 2019, it’ll do so with an added challenge: playing all of its games on the road.

Henrico County announced that a new school building would be constructed adjacent to its current location, and its footprint overlaps the football field. Construction beings this summer, and Highland Springs will be without a home field for two seasons.

The Springers are scheduled to play six home games in 2019 and four in 2020 that need to be moved. The team will switch some of its home games to neutral sites in the county and flip others to road games, school athletics director Rick Lilly said.

The new Highland Springs building is scheduled to open in the fall of 2021 complete with a turf field similar to those already built in the county.

J.R. Tucker, which also has a new school building planned for the fall of 2021, will be without a gym the next two seasons and without a football field the next three.

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Eric Kolenich writes sports stories for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, focusing on local athletes and teams. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a BA in English and joined the paper in 2009. (804) 649-6109

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