There will be no mystery when the Starkville Academy Volunteers make the trip back to Senatobia for a game against Magnolia Heights School Friday night.
The two teams met on Aug. 31 with the Chiefs taking a 25-14 victory.
“We played them in week three,” SA coach Jeff Terrill said. “They are certainly a good football team and having played them gives us the advantage of knowing what to plan for.”
After losing the opening game of the season to Marshall Academy, Magnolia Heights rebounded to post six straight wins before losing its last two games and concluding the season 7-3 overall and 3-1 regionally.
The Volunteers enter the match with a 5-6 record after their 34-14 loss to Presbyterian Christian School.
Terrill credits a lot of the Chiefs success to running back Fernando VanHook, whom he ranks as “probably the best running back in the state of Mississippi in the private school league,” but the coach knows that the run game is not Magnolia Heights’ only weapon.
“They are solid on defense and balanced on offense,” Terrill said. “There is a reason they are the North Half Champions, so we have to be ready for a challenge on Friday.”
– Jason Edwards