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This will be the third dis­trict game for both teams. The Pa­tri­ots edged Leake Acad­emy 35-31 and beat Win­ston Acad­emy 28-7, while the Vols de­feated Win­ston Acad­emy 36-0 and Canton

Acad­emy 38-0.

Ni­chol­son said he chal­lenged his of­fense to get off to a good start against Canton and it scored 14 points.

“We came out strong in the first quar­ter and had a big sec­ond half, so I’m glad we an­swered that chal­lenge,” Ni­chol­son said. “You see

guys get­ting bet­ter and see guys mak­ing plays. That’s all you can ask for.”

Starkville Acad­emy saw the re­turn of Ben Owens at quar­ter­back from a knee in­jury. After com­plet­ing all four of his pass at­tempts against Canton, Owens im­proved his over­all num­bers to 44

com­ple­tions in 84 at­tempts for 626 yards and six touch­downs, while Noah Methvin has com­pleted 41-of-75 pass at­tempts for 423 yards and nine scores.

Both sig­nal call­ers have ben­e­fit­ted from a good run­ning game led by Tay­lor Arnold, who has 103 car­ries

for 808 yards and six touch­downs.

In the re­ceiv­ing depart­ment, Rae­gan Richard­son has 35 catches for 481 yards and six touch­downs.

Ni­chol­son is anx­ious to see his Vols back on the field tonight and said it’s hard to be­lieve this is the first of

the fi­nal two reg­u­lar sea­son games on the sched­ule.

“You are ready for the games on Fri­day nights, es­pe­cially one this big,” Ni­chol­son said. “In a blink, it’s gone. It’s amaz­ing how fast 10 games can go when you are play­ing and you are hav­ing fun.”

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