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Here’s who made the cut for Mississippi’s two big all-star football games

Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard celebrates his second-quarter interception against George County in their Port City Bowl Classic game at Milner Stadium on Gulfport on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017.
Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard celebrates his second-quarter interception against George County in their Port City Bowl Classic game at Milner Stadium on Gulfport on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Eleven Coast football standouts have been selected to represent both South Mississippi and the Magnolia State in December’s annual all-star classics.

Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard and St. Stanislaus offensive lineman Brandon Tartavoulle were the lone Coast selections to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic, which is scheduled for a noon kickoff Dec. 16 at Southern Miss. Pearl River Central coach Larry Dolan and Ocean Springs coach Ryan Ross were selected to coach the defensive line and linebackers respectively.

The Coast will have plenty of representation in the Bernard Blackwell Classic, which pits the North against the South.

South Mississippians selected for the game are: Poplarville defensive back D.J. Travis, Ocean Springs DB Malcolm Magee, Resurrection defensive lineman Jackson Byrd, St. Martin kicker Sean Gomez, George County linebacker Austin Walker, St. Stanislaus quarterback Jake Greer, Harrison Central running back Keon Moore, East Central running back Tony Brown and ECHS receiver Brad Cumbest. George County coach Matt Caldwell will be the South’s head coach with GCHS coordinator Ron Renfroe serving as an assistant.

The Bernard Blackwell game is scheduled for noon Dec. 9 at Gulfport.

About the players

Here’s how the Coast’s selections have performed through seven weeks this season:

Brown: 1,012 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing

Byrd: 16 pancakes; 55 tackles, seven sacks, 15 TFLs

Cumbest: 18 receptions for 324 yards and four touchdowns

Dillard: 65 tackles, 12 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception

Greer: 1,027 yards and 11 touchdowns passing; 362 yards and four touchdowns rushing

Gomez: 14 touchbacks, 38.0 average punt, 10 of 12 on PATs, 4 of 4 on field goals with a long of 37

Magee: 12 receptions for 145 yards; 85 yards and one touchdown rushing; 36 tackles, one interception and five passes defended

Moore: 1,069 yards and nine touchdowns rushing; five receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown

Tartavoulle: Crucial to St. Stanislaus’ offensive success this season

Travis: 21 tackles, one interception

Walker: 62 tackles, 15 TFLs, 2.5 sacks

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Bernard Blackwell Classic

When: Noon, Dec. 9

Where: Gulfport

Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic

When: Noon, Dec. 16

Where: Southern Miss

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