Opposing viewpoint: Magnolia Heights

Staff Writer

A young group of Magnolia Heights School Chiefs will be welcoming in the Starkville Academy Volunteers on Friday night.

Magnolia Heights coach Cliff Young said several sophomores have been asked to fill roles on the team this season and are coming along.

“We have three sophomores starting on the offensive line and one at wide receiver,” Young said “At one point and time, we have five sophomores on offense, Each week they are getting better and more experienced. We feel like we’re getting better anyway.”

It has been an up and down season so far for the Chiefs.

In the first week, Magnolia Heights was shut out by Madison-Ridgeland Academy 49-0, but won the next two games over Lee Academy 33-8 and Strayhorn 6-0.

The Chiefs struggled again last week in a 41-6 loss to Northpoint Christian.

Even with the lopsided score, Young said his squad remains healthy and “that’s a positive always.”

Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson said Magnolia Heights always presents a challenge, no matter what the record is at this point of the season.

“They are always a great football team,” Nicholson said. “(They are) always well-coached, always big and strong and they’ve got a tradition. They are going to make the playoffs and are always a good team.”

When it comes to playing opponents such as Magnolia Heights in the non-division schedule, Nicholson said it only makes the Vols better.

Starkville Academy hosts Winston Academy next week to open District 2-AAA play and Nicholson believes the first five games with Lamar School, French Camp, Indianola Academy, East Webster and Magnolia Heights have been good preparation.

“That’s why we put the good teams on our schedule,” Nicholson said. “We always say that good competition is only going to make us better. That’s what we expect that first half to do.”

Kickoff in Senatobia is set for 7 p.m.