Miller participates in first Mississippi-hosted MS/AL All-Star game

By SCOTTY NICHOLS
Sports Writer

HATTIESBURG – For the first time in its 29-year history, the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Football game was played on Mississippi soil last Saturday evening, and Itawamba AHS senior quarterback Vijay Miller took part in the historic event.
For 28 consecutive seasons, the game has been played at either Ladd-

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM IAHS quarterback Vijay Miller fires a pass during last Saturday's MS/AL All-Star game. Mississippi won the contest 28-21, and snapped Alabama's seven-game winning streak. Mississippi last won the annual game in 2007, when the MS squad featured another IAHS quarterback, Bret Jefcoat.

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IAHS quarterback Vijay Miller fires a pass during last Saturday’s MS/AL All-Star game. Mississippi won the contest 28-21, and snapped Alabama’s seven-game winning streak. Mississippi last won the annual game in 2007, when the MS squad featured another IAHS quarterback, Bret Jefcoat.

Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama or Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. This season begins an alternation of states to serve as venue for the event, and M.M. Roberts Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg became the first host site in the state of Mississippi.
Miller, who had initially received an invitation to play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic in Biloxi on Dec. 19, got a call to participate in the Mississippi-Alabama game after Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham broke his clavicle on the next-to-last play of the Chargers’ state championship game against Wayne County last week.
Miller welcomed the opportunity to participate on the stage that has previously been occupied by great players such as Terrell Buckley, George Teague, Dameyune Craig, Deuce McAllister, Carnell “Cadillac” Williams, Anthony Dixon, Julio Jones and, more recently, TJ Yeldon and Heisman-winner Jameis Winston, and simply soaked up the week while intermingling with the best players that Mississippi and Alabama have to offer.

PHOTO BY SCOTTY NICHOLS I BUY AT PHOTOS.ITAWAMBATIMES.COM Miller trots off the field at halftime of the MS/AL All-Star game.

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Miller trots off the field at halftime of the MS/AL All-Star game.

“It was fun,” said Miller. “I just enjoyed meeting and hanging out with everybody all week. All the practices and extra stuff we did during the week was great, and the game was a bonus.”
The actual contest has been in a recent stranglehold by the state of Alabama, who was riding a seven-game winning streak heading into last Saturday’s matchup.
Unfortunately, Miller was used in a somewhat limited role, and was even inexplicably removed by the coaching staff after leading Mississippi to a first and goal from the Alabama 5-yard line just before the first half.
Miller completed 2-3 pass attempts for 34 yards and also had an 11-yard scramble for a first down in the game, in which Mississippi rolled to 28-21 victory behind two touchdown receptions apiece by Oxford’s DK Metcalf and Starkville’s AJ Brown.
The victory snapped Alabama’s seven-game streak. The last two Mississippi teams to win the contest have featured IAHS quarterbacks on its roster.
The last win, in 2007, was a 26-7 decision in which former IAHS quarterback Bret Jefcoat tossed two touchdown passes.
Miller is the first IAHS quarterback to play in the MS/AL game since Jefcoat in 2007, and the first IAHS player to participate since former Indian/East Mississippi CC offensive lineman Ethan Orr in 2013.

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About Scotty Nichols

Graduate of THE University of Mississippi. #HottyToddy. I like sports. And BBQ.

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