Alabama All-Stars Face Mississippi Saturday at USM MONTGOMERY – Alabama All-Star head football coach Shawn Raney figured one major obstacle in preparing a group off 40 all-star players from differing backgrounds and programs would be the teaching terminology used. His offensive coordinator Jamey DuBose of Central-Phenix City resolved that issue. “That certainly was a challenge since each coach has his own twist on how he calls plays,” Raney said Thursday. “It has taken an adjustment no doubt. Coach DuBose came up with a wrist band that allows each player to translate a play called into the terminology they are used to. I think that idea has been a great one.” Alabama’s All-Stars went through two practices Thursday at Camp Shelby, a National Guard base located near Hattiesburg. Saturday’s 33 rd annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic will kick off at noon at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi on Saturday, December, 14. The AHSADCA, in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) administers the all-star game each year. Alabama lost to Mississippi 24-20 last year at Cramton Bowl but still holds a 22-10 edge in the series heading into this year’s game. Raney has been the head coach at Spain Park for seven years, compiling a 48-29 record with the Jaguars during that span. He guided Spain Park to the 2015 Class 7A state finals before falling to McGill-Toolen 14-12. His team won the Region 3 title in 2015 a 7-0 record. “This week has been a really special week for myself, our coaching staff and the players,” said Raney, who served as defensive coordinator on the 2018 Alabama All-Star coaching staff and also was an assistant in the 2013 game.” The Alabama All-Star staff also includes DuBose, serving as offensive coordinator, and Adrian Abrams of Minor, the All-Star squad’s defensive coordinator. Rounding out the staff are Darrell Higgins, Mars Hill Bible; Ben Berguson, Homewood; Jon Clements, Corner; Adrian Abrams, Minor; Doug Vickery, Flomaton; Tim Vakakes, Jackson-Olin; and Brian Maner (scout coach), Spain Park. Raney said the players are getting high marks everywhere they go. “We hear nothing but praise for how they are acting on and off the field,” he said. “I can see them coming together as a team. We haven’t had much time together but they are working hard to become one unit.” He said linebacker Jackson Bratton of Muscle Shoals has had an outstanding week and has lived up to his billing. The Trojans linebacker had 126 tackles in 13 games this season with seven sacks, 13 tackles for losses, five passes broken up and three fumble recoveries. He scored two TDs, one on a kickoff return and the other as a running back. Bratton closed his prep career with 464 tackles, which ranks 15 th all-time in the AHSAA Record Book. Among those ahead of him are Thomas Johnston of Spanish Fort, the state’s all-time leader with 675 tackles, Blount’s Demarco McNeil (622); Matthew Forester of Briarwood Christian (612); Anfernee Jennings of Dadeville (484); and C.J. Mosley of Theodore (474) – all who played in the Alabama-Mississippi Classic. Johnston is a junior at UAB. McNeil is a member of the University of South Carolina coaching staff. Mosley is in his sixth year in the NFL – playing his first season with the New York Jets after five years with the Ravens. Jennings is expected to be a high pick in the NFL draft next spring and Forester , a former Samford University standout who is just finishing his first year as head coach at Briarwood, has a player in this year’s game – recent Clemson commitment Trent Howard. Raney said both quarterbacks, Sawyer Pate of Thompson and Logan Smothers of Muscle Shoals, had a great practice Thursday afternoon. “They are really beginning to grasp our offense,” he said. Smothers , a Nebraska commit, finished his career at Muscle Shoals with 10,428 total yards and 100 touchdowns accounted for and passed another former Alabama All-Star quarterback Jameis Winston of Hueytown to rank sixth in the AHSAA Record Book. Winston had 9,853 yards in high school, then won the Heisman Trophy in college at Florida State and is currently in his fifth season in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Bucs where he has thrown for 18,743 yards and 114 touchdowns in his pro career already. Smothers was 622-of-920 passing for 7,489 yards and 65 touchdowns and rushed for 2,848 yards and 34 TDs on 450 career carries. He also caught two passes for 91 yards and another TD. His Pate was 228-of-306 for 3,124 yards and 4! Touchdowns in 2019 in leading Thompson to its first Class 7A title in school history and the first since 1982. Smothers and Pate finished their seasons ranked 2-3 all-time in season pass completion percentage, with rates of 76.5% and 74.5%, respectively. Raney also praised Thompson’s Evan McGuire, who will be handling all punting and kicking duties. “He is really outstanding, a great talent,” Raney said. Both teams will have on workout Friday morning with Alabama spending most of its time going over special teams’ assignments. The players will participate in a community service project Friday afternoon and then attend the Parents/Players Banquet Friday night. Honorary game captains Jerraud Powers (Alabama) and Harry Harrison (Mississippi) will address the players at the banquet. ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI GAME ON TV: In Alabama, viewers will be able to pick up the game live over the AHSAA TV Network of cable affiliates put together by network producer Vince Earley of WOTM TV. The game will also be live-streamed over the NFHS Network. The cable affiliate list is available at: http://www.ahsaa.com/Portals/0/WOTM-Coverage-2019_1.jpg The NFHS Network link for the contest is: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/events/mhsaa-ms/gam52db494a27 ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI GAME ON RADIO: The Alabama Radio Network will broadcast the game live over its group of affiliate as well. The broadcast can be accessed via the internet at the following link: http://mixlr.com/ahsaaradio/ ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY Year-by-Year 2018 Mississippi 24 Alabama 20 2017 Mississippi 42 Alabama 7 Hattiesburg 2016 Alabama 25 Mississippi 14 2015 Mississippi 28 Alabama 21 Hattiesburg 2014 Alabama 36 Mississippi 30 2013 Alabama 21 Mississippi 17 2012 Alabama 21 Mississippi 16 2011 Alabama 31 Mississippi 12 2010 Alabama 24 Mississippi 17 (2 OT) 2009 Alabama 21 Mississippi 13 2008 Alabama 28 Mississippi 3 2007 Mississippi 26 Alabama 7 December 2007 Alabama 51 Mississippi 14 June 2006 Alabama 24 Mississippi 3 2005 Mississippi 21 Alabama 18 2004 Alabama 24 Mississippi 22 2003 Alabama 24 Mississippi 16 2002 Alabama 29 Mississippi 17 2001 Alabama 33 Mississippi 14 2000 Alabama 16 Mississippi 9 1999 Alabama 28 Mississippi 24 1998 Mississippi 9 Alabama 0 1997 Alabama 10 Mississippi 6 1996 Alabama 17 Mississippi 14 1995 Mississippi 37 Alabama 9 1994 Mississippi 24 Alabama 10 1993 Mississippi 17 Alabama 6 1992 Mississippi 17 Alabama 14 1991 Alabama 15 Mississippi 13 1990 Alabama 21 Mississippi 14 (OT) 1989 Alabama 24 Mississippi 21 (4 OT) 1988 Alabama 24 Mississippi 21 (3 OT) SERIES HISTORY: Alabama holds a 22-10 lead.