Starkville Academy trav­els to Her­itage

Starkville Daily News - - SPORTS - By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledai­

There are not very many ri­val­ries that match the one between the Starkville Academy Vol­un­teers and the Her­itage Academy Pa­tri­ots.

When a district cham­pi­onship fig­ures into the equa­tion, that puts even more em­pha­sis on the sit­u­a­tion.

“It’s all kind of good stuff,” Starkville Academy coach Chase Ni­chol­son said. “It’s what you ask for in a foot­ball game. You can’t ask for any­thing more from an at­mos­phere. There’s no bet­ter stage, and no bet­ter set­ting. It’s per­fect.”

The Vols will make the 25-mile trip down High­way 82 to Colum­bus tonight for a 7 p.m. kick­off at C.L. Mitchell Field and the im­pli­ca­tions on the District 2-AAA race will be ev­i­dent.

If Her­itage Academy wins, it can claim the district ti­tle, but Starkville Academy must de­feat the Pa­tri­ots and get a vic­tory over Leake Academy at home next week to be­come district champs.

“The loser doesn’t win district,” Ni­chol­son said about the im­por­tance of tonight’s matchup.

Her­itage Academy coach Sean Har­ri­son said hav­ing higher stakes placed on the game makes it even more in­ter­est­ing.

“It’s a big ri­valry, but it’s al­ways fun when we play for more than just the ri­valry,” Har­ri­son said. “We’re look­ing for­ward to it.”

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