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Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Set for 30th Game Saturday

     MONTGOMERY – Alabama and Mississippi all-star squads went through two more practice sessions Thursday and one practice Friday morning as the high school seniors finalized  preparations for Saturday’s 30th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
    Kickoff is set for noon at Cramton Bowl.
    “We have had a great week,” said Alabama head coach Terry Curtis of UMS-Wright High School. “We are ready to go play the game Saturday, and the kids know how important that is. However, I think what is really important about this week are the relationships developed by the players and coaches.”
     Quarterbacks Bubba Thompson of McGill-Toolen Catholic and Daulton Hyatt of Etowah are set to lead the Alabama offense. Alabama owns a 21-8 edge in the series but comes into the game remembering last year’s 28-21 setback at Hattiesburg (MS) that ended Alabama’s most recent seven-game winning streak.
    Blount quarterback Kadarius Toney is also among a highly touted group of skill players on offense. The Florida commitment will be used at running back and wide receiver – joining a stellar group that includes running backs Terence Dunlap of Maplesville and Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa’s Brian Robinson. The receiving corps include Henry Ruggs III of Lee-Montgomery, Nico Collins of Clay-Chalkville, Marlon Williams of McGill-Toolen, Noah Igbinogthene of Hewitt-Trussville and Logan Arnold of Hazel Green.
    Place-kicker Jake Lane of Park Crossing also has been among the skill players impressing the Alabama coaches.
     A banquet attended by players and parents highlighted Friday’s schedule. Honorary captains Mitch Williams (Mississippi) and Kenny King (Alabama) spoke at the banquet held at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex, both issuing challenges to the players to stay focused on their goals as they move to the next chapter of their lives. King played in the 1999 game – the first time Curtis served as head coach.
     Gates will open at 10 a.m. Saturday for a “Meet-the-Players” session at field level. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is hosting a breakfast for the teams Saturday morning at 8:30.
   TV/RADIO INFORMATION: Raycom Media will broadcast the game live over its affiliates in Alabama and Mississippi Saturday and will also live-stream the game. The AHSAA Radio Network will broadcast the game live as well over its network. More information is available on line at www.AHSAA.com.



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