All-Stars, Coaches Recognized At Banquet
Honorary game captains Eddie Payton (Mississippi) and Wayne Dickens (Alabama) each issued challenges to the 80 high school all-star football players honored Friday night at the 27th annual Alabama-Mississippi parents banquet.
The Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game kicks off at Cramton Bowl Saturday at noon. Tickets will be available at game. Alabama, riding a five-game winning streak, holds a 19-7 edge in the series which began in 1988.
Speaking before a crowd of close to 400 at Montgomery’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, Dickens, a former Auburn University and Tennessee Titans defensive lineman reminded the players of the decisions all would be facing in the near future as the two states’ all-stars prepare to enter college. He said the biggest decision would be what kind of men they would choose to be. Dickens is now a minister who works with the East Alabama Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Payton, the Jackson State University men’s and women’s golf coach for the last 30 years, offered a prayer to the players that his mother offered to him and his brother Walter Payton when they were youngsters. “She prayed that we be good, better and best,” Payton said. “I prayed that prayer myself hoping my good would be better and better would be best each day.”
Eddie’s brother Walter is considered by many as the greatest running back in NFL history. Eddie also spent five years in the NFL where he led the league in kickoff returns and became one of a handful of players who returned two kicks for touchdowns in the same game.
The all-stars practiced Friday morning and spent Friday afternoon packing and wrapping gift boxes for the Salvation Army.
Alabama head coach Woodrow Lowe of Central-Phenix City and Mississippi head coach Lance Pogue of South Panola praised the teams for their outstanding week of practice.
Gates will open Saturday at 9:45 a.m. with a Meet-the-Players session for parents and fans scheduled on the field from 10 to 11.
Raycom Network will televise the game live across the Southeast through its vast network of Raycom affiliates. WSFA TV 12 in Montgomery is the flagship station. The AHSAA website (www.ahsaa.com) lists all network affiliates carrying the contest.
AHSAA internet partner Play On Sports! will also live stream the game. The link can be found at the AHSAA TV Network link at www.ahsaa.com. The AHSAA Radio Network also plans to broadcast the game live and stream it HERE.
Series record: Alabama 19, Mississippi 7.
2012: Alabama 21, Mississippi 16
2011: Alabama 31, Mississippi 12
2010: Alabama 24, Mississippi 17 (2 OT)
2009: Alabama 21, Mississippi 13
2008: Alabama 28, Mississippi 3
2007 (December): Mississippi 26, Alabama 7
2007 (June): Alabama 51, Mississippi 14
2006: Alabama 24, Mississippi 3
2005: Mississippi 21, Alabama 18
2004: Alabama 24, Mississippi 22
2003: Alabama 24, Mississippi 16
2002: Alabama 29, Mississippi 17
2001: Alabama 33, Mississippi 14
2000: Alabama 16, Mississippi 9
1999: Alabama 28, Mississippi 24
1998: Mississippi 9, Alabama 0
1997: Alabama 10, Mississippi 6
1996: Alabama 17, Mississippi 14
1995: Mississippi 37, Alabama 9
1994: Mississippi 24, Alabama 10
1993: Mississippi 17, Alabama
1992: Mississippi 17, Alabama 14
1991: Alabama 15, Mississippi 13
1990: Alabama 24, Mississippi 14 (OT)
1989: Alabama 24, Mississippi 21 (4 OT)
1988: Alabama 24, Mississippi 21 (3 OT)