Sunday, March 29, 2020







    HATTIESBURG (MS) – The week of preparation is over for Alabama and Mississippi All-Star football teams as both teams completed their seventh practice of the week Friday morning. The two teams square off Saturday at noon in the 31st Alabama-Mississippi Classic all-star football game at Carlisle Faulkner Field/M/M. Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi here.
    Raycom Media will televise the game over its network of affiliates in Alabama and Mississippi with most of the stations, including WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery, showing the game over the main channel. Some of the affiliates will show the game over Raycom’s Bounce channel. To check availability, go to and click on “Where to Watch” or click on the following link for a story detailing the available at each affiliate:

     Alabama head coach Steve Smith said Alabama’s squad has had an outstanding week of practice. The team held a light workout Friday morning going over special teams, substitution patterns and other game details. The players participated in a community service project in Hattiesburg Friday afternoon. A banquet attended by both teams and the players’ families was scheduled for Friday night. A breakfast hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at M.M. Roberts Stadium will be Saturday morning. A “Meet the Players” time on the field will be from 10 to 11 a.m. for fans and families attending the game.
     The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game series, a partnership between the AHSAA and AHSADCA and the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC), played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988 to 2010. The game moved to Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl in 2011 and has been there ever since – except for the 2015 game played at Hattiesburg for the first time. Mississippi won the 2015 game 28-21 and is 1-0 at home. Last year’s game, a 25-14 win by Alabama, was played at Cramton Bowl and improved Alabama’s record to 22-8 in the series.
    Annually, the teams are comprised of 40 of the top senior players in each state. This year’s squad is no different. Since the inception of the game in 1988, many of the players had successful college careers and some have reached the NFL. More than 60 current players with Alabama roots are playing in the NFL. Among the Alabama alumni that have played in this game are current NFL players former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, T.J. Yeldon, Julio Jones, A.J. McCarron, ArDarius Stewart, Reuben Foster, Dre’ Kirkpatrick, Sammie Coates, Reggie Ragland, Nick Fairley, Marlon Humphrey, D.J. Fluker, C.J. Mosley and Courtney Upshaw.
   Several current Alabama All-Stars have committed to Division I schools including Paul Bryant wide receiver Seth Williams (Auburn); Austin running back Asa Martin (Auburn); Hoover wide receiver Shedrick Jackson (Auburn); Saraland quarterback Jack West (Stanford); Westminster Christian tight end Michael Parker (Alabama); Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa linebacker Jacquez Jones (Ole Miss); Stanhope Elmore tackle Jake Andrews (Troy); Eufaula defensive tackle Ka’Darian Hill (Ole Miss); Fort Payne placekicker-punter Evan McPherson(Florida); Hoover offensive lineman Mike Maye (Georgia Tech); Piedmont defensive back Cardavian Myers (Western Kentucky); Homewood wide receiver C.D. Daniels (Memphis); Ramsay defensive back Starling Thomas (UAB); Central-Phenix City offensive lineman Jahlil Ryles (Middle Tennessee); Thompson linebacker K.J. Robertson (Troy); Bob Jones linebacker Kade Koler (South Alabama); and Spanish Fort offensive lineman Grant Betts (Troy).
    Among the top players still uncommitted are Central-Phenix City wide receiver Justyn Ross; Park Crossing offensive tackle Tank Jenkins; Lee-Montgomery safety Kevontae Ruggs; Wetumpka running back Kevosiey Smoke; Theodore defensive tackle Timaje Porter; Thompson linebacker Jalen Rayam; and Sidney Lanier quarterback James Foster, who de-committed from Missouri during the fall.
    TELEVISION: The 31st annual Alabama-Mississippi Football All-Star Classic will be televised live over Raycom’s network of stations in Alabama and Mississippi. Kickoff is set for noon. Check
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   RADIO: The AHSAA Radio Network will live-stream the audio over the internet and will also carry the game live over its network of radio stations across the state.

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