Quarterback Drew Pellum and the Starkville Academy Volunteers look for a win at Magnolia Heights tonight. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)
The Starkville Academy football team is looking to sure up its offense this week against Magnolia Heights.
The Volunteers (1-1) and Chiefs (1-1) meet in Senatobia tonight for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
SA is coming off a 19-6 loss to rival Heritage Academy last week, while Magnolia Heights beat Kirk Academy 49-20 last week.
The Vols had several mental mistakes on the offensive side of the ball and head coach Jeff Terrill is looking at correcting those this week.
"The first thing we have to do offensively is we have to stop making mental mistakes," Terrill said. "We have to protect the football and we have to stop shooting ourselves in the foot. Defensively, we are just going back to the old fundamental of tackling better."
As far as the effort last week, Terrill was pleased with his squad. This week, the effort has to be there but the mistakes have to correct themselves.
"Improving upon the mistakes we made," Terrill said. "Our young men went out to give a good effort. It's hard to overcome turnovers inside the 20-yard line and silly mistakes."
Senior tailback Colby Runnels has yet to get going this year. In last week's game, Runnels led the Vols with 41 yards on 14 carries.
Terrill is not relying on one person and believes that the whole team has to get going for the offense to step up.
"It doesn't come down to one person," Terrill said. "It's a team thing. It starts with the offensive line executing better and giving us places to run. It comes down to all the skilled people from Colby to Drew (Pellum), to Mike (Miller), to Zach Slaughter, to Hunter Bolin, to Austin Miles and the other skilled people."
The Volunteers have only played one game at home this season, including the preseason. SA has done well away from home so being on the road is not a concern to Terrill.
"Starkville Academy fans really provide a great atmosphere," Terrill said. "It is just a great small city atmosphere to play Friday night football so we always miss not being at home. If you are going to accomplish anything during the season you have to be able to take your show on the road, go into somebody else's place and play them well and win. We have done that this year. We have been on the road several times with the scrimmage, the jamboree and the opening game."
This week in practice Terrill has not seen any negativity, but has seen a squad that is ready to put last week's loss behind it and pick up a win this week.
"We have had a good week of practice and the young men have come back and continued to work hard," Terrill said.
There will be rain in the area all day today due to Hurricane Isaac. A decision to play will be made after it is determined how much rain falls in Senatobia.
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