Opposing viewpoint: Magnolia Heights

Staff Writer

It's no surprise to Starkville Academy head football coach Chase Nicholson that the Magnolia Heights Chiefs have started the season with a 3-1 record.

Tradition usually has the Chiefs getting out to good starts and this year is no exception.

Magnolia Heights may be the homecoming opponent for the Volunteers Friday night at J.E. Logan Field, but that doesn't mean Nicholson thinks the Chiefs will be easy to beat.

"Mag Heights is always a solid team," Nicholson said. "They've got a good tradition there and there have always been some good ball games between us. We don't expect anything different Friday night."

After beginning the season with a 38-10 home loss to Madison-Ridgeland Academy, Magnolia Heights has put together a three-game winning streak. The Chiefs defeated Lee Academy 31-6, Strayhorn 42-6 and Northpoint Christian out of Southaven 27-7.

The recent success of Magnolia Heights tells Nicholson that it has a plan going into games and has been successful at executing.

"They know what they want to do and know who they are, so their identity is in place," Nicholson said.

The Chiefs will be led into the game by sophomore quarterback Blake Kirby, sophomore wide receiver Hunter Jones and junior running back Garrin Windham.

Starkville Academy junior linebacker Willie Latham said Magnolia Heights has a talented offensive line that's going to present a difficult challenge.

"They have a good right tackle and the right side of the line is pretty good," Latham said. "They have some nice backs who run physical and strong. We just have to be prepared and be ready to play."
The Vols and Chiefs will kick off at 7 p.m.