Friday night may not have been the most dominant showing for Magnolia Heights, but the Chiefs still took care of the most important thing: winning.
Thanks to a pair of first quarter touchdowns from Ross Thompson, MHS edged Lee Academy with the 13-6 road victory in Clarksdale, chalking up a 1-0 start in the win column.
Thompson chalked up the Chiefs’ first touchdown on a 43-yard run, but a missed extra point attempt kept the score at a 6-0 lead. Thompson would once again strike on the Chiefs’ next drive, this time completing a 26-yard run for the second and final touchdown for MHS.
From there, the Chiefs’ defense took care of the rest, holding the Colts scoreless until the 10:44 mark of the fourth quarter, when Lee scored its only touchdown of the game. However, the Colts’ extra point attempt failed, keeping MHS ahead by seven for the final 10 minutes of the contest.
Thompson was certainly the highlight of the evening for the Chiefs’ offense, tallying 144 yards on 11 carries. Gaston Harris completed five passes for 102 yards and one interception, with Wailes Finke catching two of those passes for 78 yards.
As a team, Magnolia Heights compiled 245 yards of total offense, led by 143 on the ground.
Chase Jennings led the Chiefs with six total tackles, followed by four apiece from Hunter Harris, Dylan Birkhead and Collin Borgognoni.
Magnolia Heights will host Hartfield Academy this Friday night for the Chiefs’ home-opener. The Hawks (1-0) are coming off a 49-7 rout of Clinton Christian last Friday.
Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.. at Cahill Field.