August 29, 2012 1:39:12 PM
Some area high school football teams made major statements in Week 2...
The Patriots bounced back from a season-opening loss to Lamar School to knock off arch-rival Starkville Academy.
The Heritage Academy senior class finishes with a 3-1 record in the rivalry game.
The Patriots dominated on defense, allowing on two field goals. Heritage Academy focused in the option game of Starkville Academy and did not allow the big play.
Offensively, Heritage Academy scored fewer points than it did in its opener. However, the Patriots played smarter, more disciplined, more aggressive and certainly more efficient.
Heritage Academy made four turnovers in its opener but only committed one.
Ironically, both Heritage Academy games this season have started with a defensive touchdown by the Patriots and each ended with a confidence-building scoring drive in the fourth quarter.
Oak Hill Academy
The Raiders turned some heads with Friday night's 27-21 MAIS Class AA, District 2 win over Winston Academy.
After going winless in 2011, Oak Hill Academy is now off to a 2-0 start. Indianola Academy is this week's opponent Friday in West Point.
Oak Hill Academy figured to be better in 2011 when several members of a championship-caliber junior high program joined the varsity team.
New coach Daniel Merchant said in the preseason he thought his team showed a great attitude and great work ethic. He felt like some early victories could build early confidence and allow the Raiders to join a successful season.
Oak Hill Academy won seven total games in the past five seasons. After the victory over Winston, Merchant said his squad now believes they can make the playoffs this season.
In this district, there are six teams with the top two making the playoffs. Winston is a traditional power, so that is already a huge step toward making the playoffs.
A team now believing and with confidence can be a deadly thing.