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.