MS/AL All-Star Classic Update

The Alabama high school all-star football team completely dominated the Mississippi high school all-star team from beginning to end, defeating them 29-17.<P> Except for a few excellent plays by Mississippi State signees Aries Nelson and Darren Williams and the consistent play of kicker Scott Shurden, another MSU signee, the score would have been much more lopsided.

Cleveland East Side High School quarterback Aries Nelson made the most spectacular offensive play of the game and one of the best plays I have seen in any of the previous all-star games when he zig-zagged 39 yards behind excellent blocking to score as time ran out at the end of the first half. Another MSU signee, Hernando High School All-American linebacker Deljuan Robinson, running along then ahead of Nelson near the end of the run, made the last block that opened up the endzone for Nelson.

Clarksdale High School Parade All-American Darren Williams, playing on offense, defense and returning kicks, made one of the better defensive plays of the night when he intercepted a pass at the 40-yard line and brought it back to the 13-yard line.

A third Mississippi State signee, Neshoba Central High School PrepStar All-American kicker Scott Shurden, also performed well, hitting his lone field goal attempt, a 29-yarder, and his two extra point attempts.

Although they weren't able to showcase their talent a great deal due to the Mississippi quarterbacks having to run for their lives most of the game, Mississippi State signees Tee Milons (Starkville High School) and Ken Topps (Shannon High School) showed good hands and quickness while playing wide receiver. Ken also played quarterback in the game, the position he played in high school.

Hernando High School running back Kevin Dockery, another Mississippi State signee, showed excellent quickness on Mississippi's first touchdown, a three yard run where he elusively ran from one of the field to the other to score the touchdown.

Mississippi State had the most signees playing in the game with 12. They included Deljuan Robinson (80), Ken Topps (16), Scott Shurden (84), Tee Milons (20), Darren Williams (26), Kevin Dockery (25), Brett Morgan (12), Willie Evans (34), Richard Burch (78), Aries Nelson (16), Monte Collins (73), and Kenny Kern (82). Another MSU signee, Brandon High School Parade All-American running back Jerious Norwood, was also selected to play in the game but had to leave early in the week of practice because he didn't receive medical clearance due to surgery performed in April to remove a bone spur from his right big toe.

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