Sixty-six of the Magnolia State's best football players will be on showcase as the North squad battles the South (MACJC All-Star Game South Roster) in the thirty-sixth running of the annual all-star event set for 1 p.m. at Keenum Stadium in Booneville.
Rosters were recently announced with Northeast placing five sophomores on the 33-man North squad. (MACJC All-Star Game North Roster)
Demarcus Underwood (Tuscumbia, Ala.), Jeremy Cannon (New Albany), Jermaine Johnson (Thomasville, Ga.), Jarryn Bingham (Jackson) and Dominique King (Tuscumbia, Ala.) all garnered selections to the all-star event.
Underwood, a MACJC All-State and All-Region XXIII selection for the Tigers, helped clear the way for Northeast's first 1,000-yard rusher since 1991 with his 6-6 320-pound frame.
Cannon, an all-state selection for Northeast, ran for 1,004 yards during the 2009 season leading the team in virtually every rushing category. Cannon led the team in rushes (187), yards (1,004), yards per game (111.56) and rushing touchdowns with five in addition to becoming the first Northeast running back to run for 1,000 yards since Ricky Andrews did it in 1991.
Johnson teamed with Bingham to shut down the opposition during the 2009 season. A 6-0, 220-pound linebacker from Thomasville, Ga., Johnson combined for 65 stops on the season for the Tigers. Johnson put together 45 solo tackles and 20 assists to go along with 4.5 sacks for the Tigers during the 2009 season.
Bingham, a 6-0 225-pound defensive lineman from Jackson, pieced together 30 stops on the season for the Tigers. Bingham held on for 20 solo tackles and pushed his way to 2.5 sacks on the year.
King, a 5-9 170-pound wide receiver, did everything for the Tigers on the offensive side of the ball leading the Tiger offense in scoring with 36 points, touchdowns (6) and in receptions (38) and yards (534).
Coahoma and Hinds community colleges led selections with eight players on their respective 33-man rosters while south participants Copiah-Lincoln, Jones County and Pearl River joined Holmes with six each. East Central, Itawamba, Northeast and Northwest placed five on the all-star rosters while Mississippi Delta (4) and Southwest (2) round out the 66-man north and south rosters.
Absent from this year's event will be the MACJC state champion and runner-up. East Mississippi knocked off Mississippi Gulf Coast 75-71 in a shootout in Scooba on November 8 and both schools have accepted bowl games bids.
Mississippi Gulf Coast will play Navarro (Texas) in the CHAMPS Heart of Texas Bowl on the same day as the MACJC All-Star event in Copperas Cove, Texas while East Mississippi entertains Arizona Western in the second-annual Mississippi Bowl in Biloxi on Sunday, December 6.
Coaches for the thirty-sixth MACJC All-Star football classic include Jay Miller and his staff from Mississippi Delta Community College for the North squad and Gene Murphy and his staff from Hinds Community College for the South.
During the 2008 event, the South team defeated the North on 16-14 but the North leads the series 17-16-2.