K.J. Britt celebrates a sack in Saturday's game.
Montgomery, Ala.--Dominating defense, with Auburn commitments leading the way, combined with a solid kicking game were keys as the home team took a 25-14 victory in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Football Game on Saturday at Cramton Bowl.
Strong linebacker play was a highlight for the winners with Auburn pledges K.J. Britt and Tadarian Moultry in the middle of the action. Britt was in on 10 tackles with three solos, a tackle for a nine-yard loss and one forced fumble. Moultry made eight solo tackles with one assist and one sack for an 11-yard loss.
Another linebacker being recruited by Auburn, Thomas Johnston of Spanish Fort High, led all tacklers in the game with 11 solo stops and five assists.
“It is a great group of guys, great leaders,” Britt said of the Alabama linebacker group. “Thomas Johnston is one of the best players I have ever played with. I know we made some plays, but we also have to give some credit to our defensive line.
“Overall, the defense played lights out,” the Oxford High star added. “It was a defensive ball game.”
Moultry agreed with Britt about how their team performed on defense. The linebacker said one of the best things his squad did was control Cam Akers, who is considered one of the top running backs in Mississippi high school football history. Akers carried the ball 19 times for 65 yards with a longest run of 13 yards.
T.D. Moultry was in the middle of the action on Saturday.
“Our defense played well,” Moultry said. “We tackled well in open space like we had to and the defensive backs made some plays, too, including my bowl Malcolm (AU commitment Malcolm Askew).”
Askew intercepted a pass and made two solo tackles with one assist. Another Auburn defensive back commitment in the game, Jordyn Peters, was in on five solo tackles.
Auburn’s other player in the all-star contest, Noah Igbinoghene, was the leading receiver for the Alabama team with four catches for 44 yards.
Saturday’s all-star game was a classic example of winning a football game by being sound in the kicking game and defensively. The Mississippi team struggled in the kicking game and that went a long way toward deciding the winner.
The Mississippi All-Stars allowed their opponent to score on a 90-yard kickoff return by Henry Ruggs to start the game. They gave up two more points on a snap over the punter’s head in the fourth quarter and short punts (30.7 average) helped the Alabama team’s field position.
Jake Lane from Park Crossing High averaged 44.8 yards on five punts, including one that was downed at the one-yard line thanks to a hustle play by Moultry. Lane was 3-4 on field goals.
The Mississippi All-Stars scored on a nine-yard run by Kylin Hill to cap a 12-play, 70-yard drive in the second quarter. The other points were on a 49-yard interception return by Kam White in the third quarter that put the visiting team up 14-13.
The Alabama All-Stars took the lead at the 11:06 mark of the fourth quarter on a 38-yard field goal. Less than two minutes later a safety made the score 18-14 and with 3:07 Brian Robinson of Hillcrest High scored on a 13-yard run after the Alabama defense made a fourth down stop at their Mississippi 41-yard line.
The Alabama All-Stars improved their record to 22-8 in the series.