Starkville Academy football

Sam Clark (18) and the Starkville Academy Volunteers take a break during a practice earlier this season.

It really wasn’t a surprise to the Starkville Academy Volunteers to once again see the Adams County Christian School Rebels as the opponent for the third round of the MAIS playoffs.

For the second time in four years, Starkville Academy and Adams County Christian will meet for the right to advance to the state championship game. Kickoff for Friday night’s encounter will be 7 p.m.

The Rebels eliminated the Vols last year 32-13 at J.E. Logan Field so Starkville Academy would obviously like to return the favor.

Volunteer head coach Chase Nicholson doesn’t necessarily want to use the word revenge to describe the feeling he has about seeing Adams County Christian again, but it is certainly a known opponent.

“We know what challenges they present,” Nicholson said. “I feel they would probably have the same conversation on their side. It’s going to be an exciting game. It’s going to be a fun game. We look forward to the atmosphere and look forward to seeing what these guys can do. They continue to work so hard to get where they are right now.”

For more on the Vols as they seek another playoff victory, see Friday's Starkville Daily News.

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