One step into the gym at Starkville Academy and it was clear the Volunteers had an extra weapon on their side.
â€ś(You can) look at the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks with the 12thÂ man,â€ť Starkville Academy coach Mark Alexander said. â€śOur students were the sixth man (Friday night). They have been cooking that all week. I have them in my classes and they have been telling me what they were going to do. They wanted to be rowdy. They were the sixth man and it helped a lot. We appreciate their support tremendously.â€ť
Judging by their action on the court it was clear the Vols were feeding off the fans energy as they defeated Pillow Academy 48-38 in what was a dramatic turnaround from the earlier matchup between the teams.
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