High School Sports

Coast lands 3 on Miss/Al roster; 18 to participate in Bernard Blackwell Classic

Brad Wall
Brad Wall

CLINTON -- One main topic dominated Wednesday's Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game press conference: How can Mississippi stop the seven game winning streak?

Well, with the roster full of Division I talent this could be the year the streak ends. At least that's what Mississippi's coaches are banking on.

The defensive line and wide receiver positions highlight the Mississippi roster for the 29th annual MS/AL All-Star Game, which will be played at noon on Dec. 12 at Southern Miss' M.M. Roberts Stadium.

"It has been seven years since Mississippi has won and I feel like with this roster we have a very good chance," said Lake coach Jeff Breland who will be the Mississippi head coach. "We got a lot of size and speed so I feel real good about our roster."

One of those defensive linemen is D'Iberville's Jacques Turner. The Warriors DE along with George County tight end Brandon Walley and Ocean Springs kicker Brad Wall were the lone Gulf Coast members to make the Mississippi roster, marking South Mississippi's smallest representation in the game's history.

Through the first six games Turner has recorded 47 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks for the Warriors.

Walley has caught 18 passes for 205 yards with a touchdown for George County, while Wall is a perfect 21-of-21 on extra points and is 5-of-7 on field goals with a long of 51 yards.

Turner will join a very talented group up front with Noxubee County's Jeffrey Simmons. Ole Miss commit Benito Jones of Wayne County, Starkville's Kobe Jones and South Panola's Drelan Porter, a Mississippi State commit.

"This is probably the most talented defensive line that Mississippi as ever had," said Grenada coach Ashley Kuhn who will coach the defensive line. "I think if we can get them on the bus and play hard I think we will be just fine."

The wide receiver position is the highlight for Mississippi on the offense side.

The receiving core consists of Oxford's D.K. Metcalf, Starkville's A.J. Brown, Jordan Duncan of Oak Grove, Calvin Keys of Collins and Javian Jackson of North Pike.

"I feel like as a whole we have a lot more talent than Alabama does," said D.K. Metcalf, an Ole Miss commit. "We just got to go out and play as a team and execute and the streak will get snapped."

Bernard Blackwell Classic

The South All-Star roster for the 67th annual Bernard Blackwell Classic at Gulfport's Milner Stadium on Dec. 19 is once again loaded.

The South, which features 18 South Mississippians, is aiming for a fifth-straight win in the series.

South Mississippi's representatives include St. Martin athlete Tyler Polk and OL Jimon Dixon; D'Iberville DB Ty Peters, DB Jacquelle Green and DE/LB Barry Leonardi; Ocean Springs OL Bruno Cantu and LB/TE Vincent Mianese; Gulfport DB Alton Conerly and RB Deon Cole; Pascagoula DB Jakwaize Walker; Harrison Central DL Jordan Beaton; George County LB Colton Brannan; Pearl River Central OL Sam Lefebvre; Gautier QB Le'Charles Pringle and Moss Point RB Cal'Terrius Anderson. St. Martin head coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead will be an assistant coach for the South All-Stars, and two Yellow Jackets, Dylan Greene and Kodi Valore, will be managers.

"It is awesome and a blessing that I was chosen to coach in this game," Whitehead said. "A lot of kids from the Gulf Coast got chosen for the Bernard Blackwell so it will be well represented and it will be a fun experience for all of us."