Starkville Academy football

Starkville Academy players Cole Owens (3), Karsten Upchurch (77) and Kade Smith (15) celebrate a play in the first half against Simpson Academy.

Perhaps more than most, Nicholson is a coach that wants to win and move on to the next game and that’s what his team did on Friday night in round one of the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools 5A playoffs. Simpson gave the Volunteers a scare, but Starkville Academy was able to hold on when things weren’t going as planned and it captured a 26-21 win.

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