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Alabama Win Streak Ends at 7 As Mississippi Wins 28-21 in 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic

     HATTIESBURG, MS --  The passing tandem of quarterback Keon Howard and receivers Arthur Brown and D.K. Metcalf sparked the Mississippi All-Stars to a 28-21 win over Alabama Saturday two streaks came to an end.
   The victory snapped a seven-game Alabama winning streak (2008-2014) and also was the first game in the 29-year history of the all-star game to be hosted outside the state of Alabama. The Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) and Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) have produced the game from the onset in cooperation with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) and the Mississippi High School Activities Association.  The MAC hosted this year’s game.
     The contest was played at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium. The first 29 games were played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium (1988-2010) and Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl (2011-14). The 2016 game will return to Montgomery.
    Howard, from Laurel High School, was 17-of-27 passing for 304 yards and four touchdowns for Mississippi.  Starkville’s Brown caught nine passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns and Oxford’s Metcalf had five catches for 151 yards and two scores. Brown and Metcalf earned co-MVP honors for Mississippi.
    Alabama MVP was linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo. Davis was in on 11 tackles and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 76-yard interception return.
   Alabama Head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson depended on a defense that made three interceptions and recovered one fumble to keep the Alabama close.
   The first big play was Davis’ pick just 1:34 into the game when he grabbed a Howard pass at his own 24-yard line and then raced down the left sideline for a touchdown. Auburn place-kicker Sage Ledbetter’s extra point gave the visitors a 7-0 lead.
     Howard redeemed himself 45 seconds later with a quick pass to the speedy Metcalf that he turned into a 69-yard touchdown reception to tie the game at 7-7.
    Alabama responded with a 12-play, 71-yard march that culminated with a 10-yard TD pass from Spanish Fort quarterback Tyler Johnston to Clay-Chalkville receiver T.J. Simmons at  the mid-point of the first quarter to take a 14-7 lead.  The fireworks of the first period were far from over, however.
   Howard connected with Arthur Brown of Starkville for a 35-yard TD pass to tie the game again at 14 all with four minutes later at 1:48 left in the opening period.
     The game settled into a defensive struggle for the next two quarters as mistakes plagued both offenses.   Mississippi, coached by Jeff Breland of Lake, took the lead 21-14 on the last play of third quarter when Brown hauled in his second TD reception from Howard – scoring with ease on the 17-yard hookup. Five minutes later, Metcalf caught his second TD pass, a 32-yard strike from Howard in the corner of the end zone, and Mississippi led 28-14.
     Quarterback Ty Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville directed a late scoring drive for Alabama – running 36 yards to set up his 21-yard TD pass to Clay teammate T.J. Simmons with 39 seconds left to play to cut the lead to 28-21.  An onside kick was recovered by Mississippi to seal its first win of this decade.
     Alabama rushed for 155 yards and passed for 154 for 309 yards on 64 offensive snaps. Theodore running back La’Mical Perine of Theodore 48 yards on seven carries with 47 coming on one play.   Johnston, who completed 8-of-18 passes for 87 yards, added 38 yards rushing on six carries and Pigrome, 6-of-13 passing for 67 yards, had 36 rushing yards on six tries.
    Carver-Montgomery’s Xavier Lanier had six catches for 59 yards and Simmons added four for 68 yards.
    Mississippi totaled 395 yards with 326 passing and only 69 rushing.
       P.J. Hall of Hoover made two interceptions on defense, and Bucs teammate Jeremiah Moon had   six tackles and two fumble recoveries for Alabama. Wenonah’s Quinnen Williams added six stops.
    Quin’Chaughn Jones of LaFayette and Jeffery Simmons of Noxubee County had seven tackles each for Mississippi.

Alabama-Mississippi All-Stars Set for 29th Game Saturday

     HATTIESBURG, MS – 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 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game.
    Kickoff is set for noon.
    “We have had a great week,” said Alabama head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School.
     Quarterbacks Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Ty Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville will be leading the offense as Alabama strives to win its eighth straight game in the series and 22nd overall since its inception in 1988. The game, being played in Mississippi for the first time, will be played at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus the University of Southern Mississippi.  
         Alabama all-star fullback Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville has committed to Ole Miss and running back La’Mical Perine of Theodore has committed to Florida.  The Gators and Alabama each have three commitments on the squad. The Crimson Tide lists wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville, offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Austin and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams of Wenonah. The Gators also list Hoover defensive end Jeremiah Moon and Park Crossing defensive back Jeawon Taylor among their commitments.
    Also selected to the Alabama All-Star squad are Auburn commitments John Broussard of Central-Phenix City and Marlon Davidson of Greenville. Broussard is a defensive back and Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Freeman’s assistant coaches include 2015 state championship coaches Brent Hubbert of Maplesville (1A), Keith Etheredge of Leeds (4A) and Steve Mask of St. Paul’s Episcopal (5A). All three coaches have directed their teams to back-to-back Super 7 state titles. Other members of the coaching staff are Jerry Hood of Clay-Chalkville (6A), Paul Benefield of Fyffe (2A), Eric Cohu of Madison Academy (3A), J.B. Wallace of Florence (6A) and Chris Yeager of Mountain Brook (7A). Hood, Benefield and Cohu directed teams to state titles in 2014. Hood and Benefield led Clay-Chalkville and Fyffe back to the finals this year.  
      Alabama’s All-Stars have won the last year’s game 36-31 on the last play of the game and holds a 21-7 edge in the 28-game series. The game was played at Mobile from 1988-2010 and at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl from 2011-14. It will return to Cramton Bowl in 2016.    This will be the fourth year that Cramton Bowl has been the host site.
    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.
   A banquet attended by players and parents is planned for tonight Thad Cochran Center at USM.  A special Meet-and-Greet session on will be held at M.M. Roberts Stadium from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday preceded by a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Breakfast for players and coaches at the stadium at 8:30 a.m.


Kickoff for 29th Alabama-Mississippi Classic Saturday Alabama All-Stars Honorary Captain is Dr. Rob Pate

 


    Accomplished author and former Erwin High School and Auburn University standout Dr. Rob Pate is Alabama’s honorary captain for Saturday’s 29th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game. Kickoff is set for a noon Saturday at M.M. Roberts Stadium on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.
     Pate was a four-year starter at Birmingham’s Erwin High School in football, basketball and baseball where he earned All-State and Super All-State honors in football. An outstanding student, he was also named the Class 5A Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997.
Chosen to play in the Alabama Mississippi Game in 1997, he was named captain by his teammates and helped Alabama win 10-6.
     He then attended Auburn University on football scholarship where he was four-year starter in the Tigers’ secondary. He earned All-Conference and was a two-time GTE Academic All-America All-District selection, a four-time SEC Honor Roll recipient, and the Pat Dye Leadership Award winner. Pate graduated from Auburn University in May 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and spent a year with the San Diego Chargers.
    Injuries cut his NFL career short and he opted for medical school where he graduated from the UAB School of Optometry in May 2007 – earning Dean’s List every quarter in Optometry School. He currently practices in Auburn. He lives in Chelsea with his wife of 9 years, Dana, and their three daughters, Claire McKinley, Ellie Brooklyn, and Jenna Kathryn.
    Very popular with Auburn fans, Dr. Pate has authored two books, including his latest, A Tiger’s Walk, which chronicles his battles with the highs and lows of championships and losing seasons, coaching hirings and firings, and personal success and tragedy – as well as giving poignant insights into the daily lives of college football players as they strive to also be college students.
     He also authored Memoirs of an Auburn Football Player, which was published in 2004.
     Dr. Rob Pate is a member of the American Optometric Association, the Alabama Optometric Association, served as president of the Birmingham Area Optometric Society in 2013, the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce and the Birmingham Auburn Club. He served as Alabama Special Olympics Opening Eyes Chairman in 2012. He earned induction into the Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor Society, was named Southern Council of Optometrists’ Young Optometrist of the Year in 2015 and the American Optometric Association Young Optometrist of the Year in 2013.
    Alabama holds a 21-7 edge in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star series including a current seven-game winning streak dating back to 2007. This marks the first year the game is being played outside Alabama. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is hosting the event which has been a project of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association in conjunction with the AHSAA.
    Pate will speak to the two teams Friday night in Hattiesburg at the annual Players & Parents banquet. He will also attend the game on Saturday and take part in the pre-game ceremonies. 


Marshall added to Alabama roster

    Leeds High School senior quarterback TaDarryl Marshall was added to the Alabama All-Star roster Tuesday replacing Scottsboro wide receiver Malik Talley.
    Talley left the team for personal reasons.
     Marshall, a Tennessee commitment who quarterbacked Leeds to the Class 4A state championship the last two seasons, is joining the team tonight. He will be considered as an athlete with possible multiple positions including wide receiver, said All-Star head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School. “He is a very talented athlete who can help us in a lot of ways,” Freeman said.
    The squad, comprised of 40 high school seniors, will meet play the Mississippi All-Stars Saturday at noon at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. The game will be televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media.
    Alabama holds a 22-7 edge in the series which began in 1988.  This will be the first time the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game is being played outside the state of Alabama. The game is a product of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC). MAC is serving the host this year.
    Marshall was named MVP of the 2014 Class 4A state championship game won over Deshler 30-0 at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Last week, he directed Coach Keith Etheredge’s Green Wave to a 55-7 win over Fayette County at the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.
    He finished the season 54-opf-99 passing for 912 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 951 yards and 12 scores on 126 carries and finished his career with 3,739 yards rushing and 33 TDs on 491 carries and was 226-of-458 passing for 3,772 yards and 38 scores.
    He is expected to play wide receiver in Saturday’s game.

Alabama All-Stars Report to Hattiesburg for Saturday’s 2015 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game Riding 7-Game Win Streak

     MONTGOMERY, AL. – One new player joined Alabama’s 40-man roster Monday as the team reported to Hattiesburg, MS for the 29th playing of the Alabama-Mississippi Football Game set to kickoff at noon Saturday at the University of Southern Mississippi’s M.M. Roberts Stadium.
    Park Crossing’s P.J. Blue dropped off the squad due to an injury and was replaced by Opelika High School linebacker Zocario Bridges. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive standout committed to Troy University helped the Bulldogs (12-1) reach the AHSAA Class 6A quarterfinals.
     All-Star head coach Mark Freeman of Thompson High School, has a team that is very talented with at least 17 players already committed to Division I-A college programs.
      Alabama holds a 21-7 edge in the series that has been played each year since 1988 at a site in Alabama. The Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC) is serving as host for this year’s game. The game will be televised live by AHSAA TV partner Raycom Media over its stations in Alabama and Mississippi. Visit www.pathtotheplayoffs.com to find the channels carrying the contest in each community.
      The Alabama roster, comprised of current high school seniors, is once again outstanding, said Alvin Briggs, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association. 
ead coac      Alabama has won the last seven games with the last four being played at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl. The game was played at Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium from 1988-2010 with the exception of 2007 – when two games were played in the series.
     Among the players on the Alabama squad are two running backs already committed to SEC schools. Jarrion Street of Hewitt-Trussville, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound running back, has committed to Ole Miss and La’Mical Perine of Theodore, 5-11, 220 pounds, has committed to Florida.  The Gators and Alabama each have three commitments on the squad. The Crimson Tide lists wide receiver T.J. Simmons of Clay-Chalkville, offensive lineman Deonte Brown of Austin and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams of Wenonah. The Gators also list Hoover defensive end Jeremiah Moon and Park Crossing defensive back Jeawon Taylor among their commitments.
    Also selected to the Alabama All-Star squad are Auburn commitments John Broussard of Central-Phenix City and Marlon Davidson of Greenville. Broussard, 6-1, 178, is a defensive back, and the 6-4, 270-pound Davidson is a defensive lineman.
    Other players chosen who have already made verbal commitments are Saraland wide receiver Velus Jones (Southern Cal), North Jackson tight end Austin Cummins (Louisville), Auburn offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett (North Carolina), Spanish Fort offensive lineman Jacob Johnson (Southern Miss), athlete Bailey McElwain of Hewitt-Trussville (Stanford), defensive lineman Darius Whitfield of St. Paul’s (South Carolina) and defensive end Erroll Thompson of Florence (Mississippi State).
     Among the top players still uncommitted are outside linebacker Ben Davis of Gordo and inside linebacker Lydell Wilson of Carver-Montgomery. Davis, the son of former University of Alabama standout Wayne Davis, is rated by most recruiting services as the No. 1 outside LB prospect in the South. Wilson is rated No. 1 inside LB.
     Quarterbacks chosen are Tyler Johnston of Spanish Fort and Tyrell Pigrome of Clay-Chalkville. The two met in last week’s Super 7 Class 6A state finals with Johnston and the Toros (15-0) posting an exciting 31-28 win over the Cougars (14-1). Both quarterbacks had outstanding games with Johnston, who finished his career 35-0 as a starter, earning MVP honors. Pigrome finished his prep career at Clay 29-1.The duo have four state titles between them.
    Johnston is being reunited with his former coach for this year’s game. The Toros won 5A titles in 2012 and 2013 when Freeman served as head coach. Ben Blackmon is the current Spanish Fort head coach. Clay-Chalkville coach Jerry Hood on the Alabama all-star staff. His team won the 6A crown last season.
     Alabama’s All-Stars won last year’s game 36-30 with the game-winning touchdown coming on the final play of the game. Alabama game MVP in 2014 was Kerryon Johnson of Madison Academy, now a freshman at Auburn. Among the recent MVPs have been two Alabama standouts, current Crimson Tide linebacker Rashaan Evans (2013) and current Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (2011).  
    The 40-man roster and coaching staff:


2015 ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER

Dist.

Class

Pos.

Player First

Player Last

School

HT.

WT.

Coach

1

6A

QB

Tyler

Johnston

Spanish Fort

6'2

210

Ben Blackmon

5

6A

QB

Tyrell

Pigrome

Clay-Chalkville

5'11

190

Jerry Hood

8

7A

RB

Miles

Strickland

Bob Jones

5'10

190

Kevin Rose

5

7A

RB

Jarrion

Street

Hewitt-Trussville

6'2

200

Josh Floyd

4

6A

RB

Josh

Johnson

Opelika

5'9

215

Brian Blackmon

1

7A

RB

La'Mical

Perine

Theodore

5'11

220

Eric Collier

8

6A

WR

Malik

Talley

Scottsboro

6'3

190

Patrick Nix

3

6A

WR

Xavier

Lane

Carver-Montgomery

6'4

205

Billy Gresham

5

6A

WR

T. J.

Simmons

Clay-Chalkville

6'2

194

Jerry Hood

1

6A

WR

Velus

Jones

Saraland

6'

180

Jeff Kelly

3

1A

WR

Stevonta

Bradley

Maplesville

6'2

190

Brent Hubbert

8

4A

TE

Austin

Cummins

North Jackson

6'6

240

Mark Rose

8

6A

OL

Deonte

Brown

Austin

6'4

340

Jeremy Perkins

5

7A

OL

Adam

Raschilla

Tuscaloosa County

6'6

310

Lee Gibson

4

7A

OL

Tyler

Pritchett

Auburn

6'4

305

Adam Winegarden

6

7A

OL

Jamahl

Jelks

Gadsden City

6'3

315

Matt Scott

5

6A

OL

Cole

Garrison

Clay-Chalkville

6'4

285

Jerry Hood

8

6A

OL

Ben

Berry

Decatur

6'3

260

Jere Adcock

3

7A

OL

Cody

Wyatt

Prattville

6'3

275

Chad Anderson

1

6A

OL

Jacob

Johnson

Spanish Fort

6'5

300

Ben Blackmon

4

7A

P/K

Sage

Ledbetter

Auburn

6'

175

Adam Winegarden

5

7A

A

Bailey

McElwain

Hewitt-Trussville

6'

235

Josh Floyd

2

5A

DL

Marlon

Davidson

Greenville

6'4

270

Josh McLendon

2

6A

DL

Nicholas

Fields

Dothan

6'2

270

Kelvis White

1

5A

DL

Darius

Whitfield

Saint Paul's

6'3

285

Steve Mask

5

5A

DL

Quinnen

Williams

Wenonah

6'4

265

Ronald Cheatham

5

6A

DL

Kurtis

Beaman

Huffman

6'1

320

Alex Wilson

3

6A

LB

Lyndell

Wilson

Carver-Montgomery

6'3

235

Billy Gresham

5

7A

DE

Jeremiah

Moon

Hoover

6'4

210

Josh Niblett

7

3A

DE

Benjamin

Davis

Gordo

6'4

235

Ryan Lolley

3

6A

LB

Zocario

Bridges

Opelika

6'2

240

Brian Blackmon

4

7A

DE

Walter

Pritchett, II

Central-Phenix City

6'2

225

Jamey DuBose

7

6A

DE

Erroll

Thompson

Florence

6'2

250

J. B. Wallace

3

6A

DB

Jeawon

Taylor

Park Crossing

6'2

190

Smitty Grider

4

7A

DB

John

Broussard

Central-Phenix City

6'1

178

Jamey DuBose

8

7A

DB

Brandon

Alexander

Bob Jones

6'

180

Kevin Rose

5

7A

DB

P. J.

Hall

Hoover

5'11

196

Josh Niblett

2

6A

DB

Tyrez

Lindsey

Dothan

6'2

198

Kelvis White

4

6A

DB

Charlie

Benton

Opelika

6'3

190

Brian Blackmon

8

2A

S

Peyton

Gilliland

Cleveland

6'

215

Gardner Gilliland

Head Coach

Mark Freeman, Thompson High School

Assistant Coaches

Brent Hubbert, Maplesville High School

Jerry Hood, Clay-Chalkville High School

Paul Benefield, Fyffe High School

Eric Cohu, Madison Academy

J. B. Wallace, Florence High School

Chris Yeager, Mountain Brook High School

Steve Mask, Saint Paul's Episcopal School