Vols want good weather to take a look at football players


Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson instructs his players at practice.

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DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how much someone wants to see something, it’s better just to listen.

When it came to Starkville Academy measuring its skills in a football jamboree against Noxapater last year, it just wasn’t meant to be.

The Volunteers were supposed to make the trip into Winston County for a scrimmage against the Tigers, but rain made the field conditions unplayable in Noxapater. The teams made the decision to shift the scene to Starkville, but rain also happened in Oktibbeha County, so the Vols and Tigers had to cancel.

“It was one of those things we had a lot of things we wanted to see going in, but God said don’t play it so we listened,” Starkville Academy Chase Nicholson said. “It rained us out at Noxapater so we moved it here. It rained us out here and (it was like God said) ‘quit trying to move it and just listen.’”

The Vols will try again Friday as jamboree action is once again scheduled at 7 p.m. for Noxapater.

Nicholson said it’s time to see what some of his players can do against an opponent in a different color jersey.

“We’re ready for a little taste of game action,” Nicholson said. “We want to look at some of the guys that are coming back, get to move around a little bit and see some live action, but the point is to look at the guys who really haven’t had any playing time.”

There haven’t been many surprises for Nicholson in the preseason so far. He pretty much knows what he has defensively with nine of 11 starters returning.

There are five offensive starters coming back for Starkville Academy with one of those being over 1,000-yard rusher Taylor Arnold, but it does have a new quarterback at the controls in Garrett Lewis.
Nicholson looks forward to the opportunity to get some film of the players, so corrections can be made before next week’s season opener at Lamar School.

“There is only so much you can learn from practice,” Nicholson said. “It’s getting something to critique. It will feel like a game week because we will have film to correct and have a game from the previous week and gets us into a routine.”

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