August 21, 2012 2:20:41 PM
Heritage Academy returned to the football practice field Monday afternoon.
As the second week of the season begins, the Patriots are looking to rebound from a season-opening 36-23 home loss to Lamar School. The next task will be no easier. Arch-rival Starkville Academy will play host to Heritage in a 7 p.m. start Friday night.
"Starkville will present quite the challenge," Heritage first-year coach Barrett Donahoe said. "They played for the state championship and have a number of those players back from last season."
A year ago, the Volunteers ran for 287 yards in a 33-7 victory.
The Patriots will be spending this week working on fine-tuning the little things. Heritage hopes to do a better job of executing and limiting turnovers. The Patriots gave the ball away four times against Lamar.
"We have to better effort for longer periods of time," Donahoe said. "We played well for two quarters but two quarters won't win you many games in Class AAA academy football."
Heritage built a 16-12 lead before Lamar reeled off 24 straight points.
Starkville Academy opened the season with a 13-0 win over St. Andrew's. The Volunteers have now opened back-to-back seasons against a public school opponent with a victory.