MONTGOMERY – Mississippi All-Star head coach Jamie Mitchell of Starkville reported Monday with his 40-member squad excited and ready to begin preparations for Saturday’s 28th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Classic at Cramton Bowl.
One coach and one player was to report Tuesday and one player was added to the Mississippi roster Monday, said Mitchell. Pearl High School Coach John Perry and all-star wide receiver Jordan Wright remained in Mississippi to attend a team function. Omr Bayless of Laurel, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound senior, was added to the Mississippi roster over the weekend and reported Monday with the team when it rolled into Montgomery for Saturday’s game.
Kickoff is set for noon Saturday. The game is hosted by the AHSADCA in conjunction with the AHSAA and will be televised live by the Raycom Network over its affiliates in Mississippi and Alabama.
Alabama head coach Jamey DuBose of Central-Phenix City and his staff welcomed 39 of 40 players selected Monday. Hoover linebacker Darrell Williams (6-3, 226) was expected to arrive late Monday night. Two of Williams’ teammates from the Class 7A 2014 state championship team did report earlier in the DAY – linebackers Christian Bell (6-4, 230) and Justin Johnson (6-4, 215).
“We should have everyone on hand when we have our first practice,” DuBose said. “Everyone came in eager to get started.”
Both squads toured the Hyundai Automobile Assembly Plant near Pintlala Monday night before settling into their rooms. First practice Tuesday is at 9 a.m. with Alabama running through drills at Huntingdon College and Mississippi practicing at Faulkner University. The teams are also scheduled to practice again at 2 p.m. The teams will visit the Rosa Parks Museum in downtown Montgomery Tuesday night. Former University of Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brodie Croyle is scheduled to address both teams at a dinner Wednesday night at Wynlakes Country Club.
Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last six games in a row including a 21-17 vicrory last year at Cramton Bowl. Alabama has won all three games played at Cramton Bowl since 2011 and is 20-7 overall in the series that dates back to 1988.
This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
Rosters for both teams can be found at: http://www.al-msallstarfootball.com/Rosters.aspx
TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets are $10 each at the Cramton Bowl ticket booth with children 5-and-under admitted free. Tickets can also be ordered in advance through AHSAA ticket partner PREPTIX at the following link:
Special ticket programs have been set up for schools interested in bringing their teams to Montgomery for the game. Call 334-263-6994 for more details.