Smith on Sports: Game between SA, East Webster should help both

Danny P. Smith

Staff Writer

It was one of those matchups on Friday night where you really hated to see either team lose.

When the Starkville Academy Volunteers made the short trip to play the East Webster Wolverines in Cumberland, it was a matchup between two of the most classy high school football programs in our area and the entire state.

The head coaches, Chase Nicholson of Starkville Academy and Ron Price of East Webster, are the nicest men anyone would want to meet and they run their teams the right way.

That’s one of the reasons the Vols and Wolverines decided to get together to play a game. They saw themselves as similar and thought it would be a good idea to start a series against each other.

Starkville Academy and East Webster had a history of playing seven-on-seven during the summer and the schools wanted to take that competition to the regular season.

In this day when more public and private school outings are being scheduled, it only makes sense for teams like the Vols and Wolverines to meet. Both have communities of good people who really love their football and are only about 30 minutes apart. Seeing those traditions come together is special.

East Webster is a proud program and it had to be tough to see Starkville Academy come into its place and register a 51-0 victory.

The Vols are the defending MAIS Class AAA State champions and still have a very good football team. They have started the season 4-0 and should be favored to claim another District 2 title. Starkville Academy has one more tune up against Magnolia Heights on homecoming before the district slate starts.

As far as the Wolverines are concerned, they are young and are learning. East Webster certainly doesn’t like being 1-3 at this point of the season, but it’s not the type of squad that’s going to throw in the towel.

One thing for sure, Price is not going to give up on the Wolverines. He said the players continue to give the type of effort the coaches are looking for and the win over Smithville was a positive step. East Webster is going to try and build on that.

There is no shame in losing to the Vols. There will be many more teams that will have the same thing happen to it before the end of the season. The Wolverines have enough talent to win some games in Class 2A, Region 2 and expect them to still make a run at the postseason.

As hard as the Starkville Academy loss was to take, East Webster can still turn it into a positive this season if it learns from the experience and improves from it.

All of the goals are still there in front of the Wolverines as well as the Vols.

There are many good teams in this area that have a chance to make the playoffs. East Webster and Starkville Academy are certainly two of those.

Danny P. Smith is the sports editor and columnist for The Starkville Daily News. The opinions in this column are his and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SDN or its staff.