Starkville Academy travels to Heritage
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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