By The Associated Press
MOBILE, Ala. — Ameer Abdullah of Homewood High School ran 10 yards for a touchdown in the second overtime to give Alabama’s high school all-stars a 24-17 win in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic.
Abdullah scored on Alabama’s first play of the second extra period. Then Mississippi had a chance to score, but turned the ball over on downs to end the game. Both teams kicked field goals in Saturday’s first overtime period, a 36-yarder by Mississippi’s Jordan Parker of Corinth and a 21-yarder by Alabama’s Wilson Whorton of Briarwood Christian.
South Panola teammates Kendrick Market and Nickolas Brassell accounted for Mississippi’s two touchdowns in regulation. Market returned a fumble 27 yards for a score in the second quarter, while Brassell caught a 63-yard scoring pass from West Jones’ Ben Stevens in the third quarter.
Alabama took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Jacob Coker of St. Paul’s hit Sammie Coates of Leroy on a 39-yard strike. Mississippi defensive back Jaylen Collins of Olive Branch blocked the extra point.
Alabama tied the game with 1:11 left in regulation when Stephen Rivers of Athens hit Emmanuel Johnson of McKenzie with a 36-yard touchdown and completed a pass to Danny Woodson Jr. of Leflore for the 2-point conversion. Rivers is the brother of San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.
The first three All-Star Classics (1988-90) went to overtime, but none had since. Alabama leads the all-time series 17-7, and has won three straight.