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It has often been said that defense wins games.
That was certainly the case for Starkville Academy on Friday night, as the Volunteers held off the visiting Winston Academy Patriots 14-0.
Penalties proved to be a big factor early for SA, as a total of five offensive penalties in the first quarter resulted in two scoreless possessions.
The Vols offense didnâ€™t become a scoring threat, until their defense recovered a botched lateral deep in Patriot territory with just under 1:53 left in the first quarter. With 39 seconds left, the Vols found the end zone on a 3-yard touchdown run from sophomore tailback Noah Heflin to take a 6-0 lead to close out the quarter.
â€śWe had chances to make plays early,â€ť Starkville Academy head coach Jeff Terrill said. â€śBut anytime you have that many penalties and some dropped passes, thatâ€™s going to stop drives.â€ť
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