Opposing viewpoint: Heritage Academy

Staff Writer

Starkville Academy football coach Chase Nicholson knows that the Heritage Academy Patriots are capable of playing well.

All he has to do is look at who the Patriots have played and the results to come to that understanding.

“They’ve been playing well all season,” Nicholson said of Heritage. “They’ve lost two games with one being by a point and the other by a touchdown. They are two teams we beat by one point and the other by three points. I would think we are pretty evenly matched in a lot of places across the board.”

The two games that the Patriots have lost are to Lamar School 42-41 and Pillow Academy 28-20 in back-to-back weeks.

On the way to a 6-2 overall record, Heritage Academy has beaten Kirk Academy 35-7, Tupelo Christian Prep 54-20, Wayne Academy 35-6, Magnolia Heights 35-7, Leake Academy 41-20 and Winston Academy 35-7.

The Patriots are 2-0 in District 2-Class AAA with the wins over Leake Academy and Winston Academy. That sets up a meeting between the two undefeated teams in the district on Friday when Heritage Academy makes the trip down Highway 82 to play the Starkville Academy Volunteers on Friday.

“They are a good team and have a bunch of good players,” Starkville Academy senior offensive lineman Connor McLaughlin said. “They are going to play hard to try and beat us.”

The Patriots are coached by Sean Harrison and he likes the way his team has executed the game plan each week and the way running back Kelvin Smith has emerged in the offense.

McLaughlin has been impressed with the Heritage defense on film.

“They are big, strong and try to get to the ball quick,” McLaughlin said.

The game between the Golden Triangle rivals will begin at 7 p.m. from J.E. Logan Field.