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Raney Praises All-Stars for their Hard Work, and Offensive Coach Jamey DuBose for his Ingenuity

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 33rd 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 15th 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:
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    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.




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