Starkville Daily News - - SCORE­CARD -

The Chiefs strug­gled again last week in a 41-6 loss to North­point Chris­tian.

Even with the lop­sided score, Young said his squad

re­mains healthy and “that’s a pos­i­tive al­ways.”

Starkville Academy coach Chase Ni­chol­son said Mag­no­lia Heights al­ways presents a chal­lenge, no mat­ter what the record is at this point of the sea­son.

“They are al­ways a great foot­ball team,” Ni­chol­son said. “(They are) al­ways well-coached, al­ways big and strong and they’ve got a tra­di­tion. They are go­ing to make the play­offs and are al­ways a good team.”

When it comes to play­ing op­po­nents such as Mag­no­lia Heights in the non-divi­sion sched­ule, Ni­chol­son said it only makes the Vols bet­ter.

Starkville Academy hosts Win­ston Academy next week to open District

2-AAA play and Ni­chol­son be­lieves the first five games with La­mar School, French Camp, In­di­anola Academy, East Web­ster and Mag­no­lia Heights have been good prepa­ra­tion.

“That’s why we put the

good teams on our sched­ule,” Ni­chol­son said. “We al­ways say that good com­pe­ti­tion is only go­ing to make us bet­ter. That’s what we ex­pect that first half to do.”

Kick­off in Se­na­to­bia is set for 7 p.m.

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