Starkville Academy 29, Lee Academy 0

The Starkville Academy defense makes a stop.
Staff Writer

The Starkville Academy Volunteers needed a spark on Friday night.
Clinging to a 7-0 lead in the first round of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AAA playoffs against Lee Academy from Clarksdale, the Volunteers struggled to put anything together offensively.
So when SA quarterback Houston Clark rolled to his left and hit Drake Gordman on a 27-yard pass down to the Lee 30-yard line midway through the third quarter, it was like a switch was flipped at J.E. Logan Field. Finally, the Vols had found their stride.
After battling through a defensive struggle in the first half, Starkville Academy used the momentum built on the drive to cruise to a 29-0 win over Lee.
While perhaps insignificant on the scoreboard, perhaps Clark’s key completion to Gordman was what changed the complexion of the game.
“We finally hit that vertical pass that we needed to hit,” Starkville Academy head coach Chase Nicholson said. “We run and run, but when our backs are to the wall, we need to be able to hit the vertical pass and get ourselves in a better position and we finally hit it. We had tried it before and had a bad snap one time and a sack another time. We just couldn’t seem to get it going, but finally (Clark) got out there where he could throw the ball and made that connection.”
For the remaining recap from Joel Coleman, see Saturday's sports page of the Starkville Daily News.