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the coaches around him. He told me when he was hired that it was im­por­tant to him to sur­round him­self with great coaches and that's what he did when he hired vet­er­ans Tony Stanford and Bubba Davis. Along with But­ler, those are three coaches with head coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that have been great teach­ers of the game.

Now, with all of that said, to Satur­day. Starkville Academy is back in the state cham­pi­onship game look­ing for its first ti­tle in over a decade. All the pieces are there, but there's one thing that stands in its way.

Like the Vols, In­di­anola Academy has been dom­i­nant in the play­offs, but it has been dom­i­nant for the last two sea­sons. SA gave the Colonels their best game of the sea­son ear­lier this year in a 35-21 game at In­di­anola, but this isn't the same team. SA is healthy and it's ready for the chal­lenge.

In­di­anola Academy has been through this be­fore, how­ever. This is the third-straight trip to the state ti­tle game hav­ing won 27-con­sec­u­tive games and the Colonels are de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons.

I don't have a pre­dic­tion of who might win it. My only pre­dic­tion is that the Vols will be ready. I'm not wor­ried about this team com­ing out flat. Starkville Academy will be com­ing to Jack­son Academy on a mis­sion and it will be go­ing to do ev­ery­thing in its power to bring home a first place tro­phy.

Rob­bie Faulk is the high school writer for the Starkville Daily News. The views in this col­umn are Faulk's and not nec­es­sar­ily the views of the SDN or its staff.

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