Going out of the state: SHS schedules football game against Florence, Ala.
Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell will take his team across the Alabama state line for competition on Sept. 19 against Florence High School. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)
Starkville High School will be taking its brand of football across the state line this season.
In a move that was approved by the Starkville School District Board of Trustees at Tuesday's monthly meeting, the Yellowjackets will be playing a game at Florence, Ala., on Sept. 19.
Southaven, which was on the SHS schedule as a non-division opponent, wanted out of the contract and that left an opening for the Jackets.
Starkville coach Jamie Mitchell said Florence had invited the Jackets for a game before and called when it learned of the opening.
The game will be played following an open date on Sept. 12 and before Starkville opens the Class 6A, Region 3 schedule against Columbus at home on Sept. 26.
Mitchell believes the opportunity to play at Florence will benefit the Jackets.
"The next step for our program was to get outside of the state of Mississippi and hopefully take our brand of football across the state lines," Mitchell said. "(Florence) plays at the stadium where UNA (University of North Alabama) plays, which is a beautiful stadium."
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