All-Star Game Memorable for AU Commitment

Reese Dismukes discusses his team's victory in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game.

Spanish Fort, Ala.--For Reese Dismukes his final performance as a high school athlete was icing on the cake for a season to remember.

On Saturday he played a key role as the center for Team Alabama's exciting 24-17 double overtime victory at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile at the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game. That came less than two weeks after he led his Spanish Fort team to the Alabama Class 5A state title.

"The all-star game was a lot of fun for me," said Dismukes, who lives across Mobile Bay not far from the stadium where the game was played. "My older brother played in the all-star game so it meant a lot to me to be able to play in it."

Dismukes went for the William Wallace "Braveheart" look as a senior at Spanish Fort.

One of his favorite parts of the all-star week was getting to know his future Auburn teammates--cornerback Jonathan Rose from Leeds, wide receiver Sammie Coates from Leroy, defensive lineman Jabrian Niles from Davidson and safety Anthony Swain from Gadsden City.

"All of those guys played well," he said. "Anthony had a couple of good kickoff returns and some other good plays. Sammie caught a touchdown pass and he is a really good player. Jonathan got a key interception and made a lot of other good plays."

Reese Dismukes is shown at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday.

Dismukes made the key block in overtime to spring running back Amer Abdullah from Homewood on a 10-yard run from the wildcat formation for the winning touchdown in the second overtime. "I had a pretty good block on the play," Dismukes said when asked about the winning touchdown. "I like Amer. He is a good guy and a good athlete. I am not sure if Auburn is recruiting him, but I know he is real fast."

Commenting on the all-star week as a whole, Dismukes said, "There wasn't just one thing that stood out about the game and the week, but it was all fun. It was a good week of practice and the game was a good one."

Dismukes is wrapping up classes at Spanish Fort High so he can get a head start on college after leading his Toros to a 14-0 victory in the 5A state championship game played at Jordan-Hare Stadium. "It was great to win the game and it was special doing it at the field where I am going to be playing in college," he said.

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