Opposing viewpoint: Lamar School

Staff Writer

There won't be any surprises when the Starkville Academy Volunteers head down to Meridian on Friday night to face the Lamar School Raiders.

They are still coached by the veteran Mac Barnes and outstanding quarterback Joseph Hutchinson returns for his senior season.

Lamar School has already played a game this season and defeated Laurence Manning Academy (South Carolina) 30-14 in the SECIS Kick Off Classic in Montgomery, Alabama.

Hutchinson completed 19-of28 pass attempts in that game for 242 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Starkville Academy coach Chase Nicholson is impressed with the accuracy of Hutchinson.

"He is a big, tall and strong quarterback," Nicholson said. "He has guys to throw it to and he does a good job of putting it where it's supposed to be."

Hutchinson, who recently committed to Princeton, had an outstanding junior season for the Raiders by completing 213-of-340 pass attempts for 3,090 yards, 23 touchdowns and only three interceptions.

"He's been doing it a long time," Nicholson said of Hutchinson. "He has gotten a lot of reps since his sophomore year because the other quarterback went out and he ended up being the man for pretty much half of that season through last year and they've won two state championships with him."

Hutchinson's main target in the opener was Jacob Partridge, who has nine catches for 108 yards and one touchdown.

The game between Starkville Academy and Lamar is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Meridian.