The Beginning of a New Season
The Harrisonburg Blue Streaks are back on the field for another exciting season of high school football. After a successful 2022 season where they made it to the state semifinals, the team is ready to continue their winning ways in 2023. With a talented group of returning seniors and promising underclassmen, the Harrisonburg community is buzzing with anticipation for what’s to come.
Meet the Players
One of the key players to watch this season is senior quarterback, Jake Williams. Williams, who has been the starting QB since his sophomore year, is coming off a strong 2022 campaign where he threw for over 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns. Alongside Williams, the Blue Streaks boast a talented receiving corps led by senior wideout, Michael Brown. Brown, who stands at 6’2, is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses and is sure to have a big impact this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Blue Streaks are anchored by senior linebacker, John Smith. Smith, who was named the team’s defensive MVP last season, is a tackling machine and will be a force to be reckoned with for opposing offenses.
The Coaching Staff
Leading the team is head coach, Mark Johnson, who is entering his 10th season at the helm. Johnson, who has won multiple coach of the year awards, has built a winning culture at Harrisonburg High School and is known for his ability to develop young talent.
Assisting Johnson is offensive coordinator, Mike Davis, and defensive coordinator, Chris Lee. Davis, who has been with the program for five years, is known for his innovative play-calling and ability to put his players in positions to succeed. Lee, who joined the staff last season, has quickly made an impact and is credited with turning the defense into one of the best in the state.
Games to Watch
The Blue Streaks have a challenging schedule this season, with several tough opponents on the docket. Here are a few games that are sure to be must-watch matchups:
Harrisonburg vs. Rockingham County
The Battle of the Burgs is always a highly anticipated game, and this year’s matchup should be no different. Rockingham County is coming off a strong season and will be looking to knock off their rivals. Harrisonburg, on the other hand, will be looking to continue their dominance in the rivalry and keep the bragging rights in their city.
Harrisonburg vs. James Madison High School
James Madison High School is one of the top teams in the state and is always a tough opponent. The two teams haven’t played each other in several years, so this matchup is sure to be a highly anticipated one. Harrisonburg will need to bring their A-game if they want to come away with a win.
The Road to the State Championship
The ultimate goal for the Blue Streaks this season is to win the state championship. After coming up just short last year, the team is hungry for redemption. To get there, they’ll need to navigate a tough schedule and make it through the playoffs. But with the talent and coaching on this team, the state championship is definitely within reach.
As the Harrisonburg Blue Streaks gear up for another exciting season of high school football, the community is buzzing with excitement. With a talented group of players, experienced coaching staff, and challenging schedule, this season is sure to be one to remember. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just a casual observer, be sure to keep an eye on the Blue Streaks this season – it’s going to be a wild ride!